Every year, the
town of Avon, Ohio, finds itself in a very sticky situation.
Known as the
“duct tape capital of the world” due to the presence of the Duck-brand duct tape factory, the town about
20 miles west of Cleveland celebrates the fix-anything adhesive in its annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival.
now in its 10th year, showed off the sticky stuff in unusual and creative ways during
the three-day affair, held 14 to 16 June this year and 13 to 15 June next year.
The Duct Tape Parade featured more than 20 floats decorated in the theme
“Decades of Duck Tape” with participants designing around icons from the 1940s
and later. Floats included a
duct-tape DeLoreon car from the film Back to the Future made with 1,300
rolls of tape, and a hovercraft
with the Star Wars character R2-D2 riding atop. The fairgrounds were full of
duct-tape sculptures, such as a 20ft-tall
Mr Potato Head toy, a Transformers
action figure, and an old-fashioned
Coming a long
way from its original shade of metal grey, duct tape now comes in more than 200
colours and patterns ranging from hot pink to zebra stripes. Those funky shades
were all on display during the Duct Tape Fashion Show, where TV show Project Runway season
11 ((yes? oui)) winner Michelle Lesniak Franklin judged the runway-walking
entrants on originality, craftsmanship and stage presence. Lesniak Franklin’s
houndstooth, punk-style duct tape dress, designed during one of the TV
show’s competitions, was on display in the fashion tent, along with the duct
tape dresses by her fellow contestants.
Those who felt
inspired after seeing all the artistic works could stop by the craft tent and
get creative with taped designs of their own. Experienced crafters even sell
their wares at the event, peddling everything from duct tape barrettes to duct
Admission to the
festival is free every year, and the first 500 people take home their very own
roll of tape, perfect for fixing up pretty much anything or creating something
Now that the festival is over, some of the duct
tape creations will be touring the country in the Duck Tape Rolls Across
America bus, filled with duct tape, craft videos and duct tape outfits. The 31ft
long, green bus will be making stops at retail stores, sporting events and
other festivals across Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin in the next few months.