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Mentor Headlands BeachFest is a true celebration of summer

Headlands Beach State Park, Mentor, Ohio
Headlands Beach State Park, Mentor, Ohio

Colorful kites floating in the summer sky. Amazing sand sculptures springing up along the beach. Kayakers paddling on Lake Erie. Music filling the air. These are just some of the sights and sounds that await visitors to the Headlands BeachFest taking place on Saturday, July 26 at Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor, Ohio.

Headlands BeachFest Being held along the longest beach in Ohio, the Headlands BeachFest is a family-oriented, outdoor celebration ( and free!) that blends the elements of water, wind and sand with the arts to create the ultimate summer event.

As visitors spend the day at the beach, just some of the activities that they can indulge in include kite making classes, kite flying, a scavenger hunt, a sand castle building contest and free kayaking and paddleboating. Guests can even try out a Windsurf Simulator at an interactive theater inside the Mentor Water Safety Trailer.

There will also be a lot of activities for children including games, inflatables, face painting, beach art projects and a" Paint and Take Ceramics Class with Darlene."

Be sure to watch as three world champion sand sculptors (among them, Carl Jara who created a sand masterpiece at BeachFest last year) take part in Ohio's first Master Sand Sculpting Contest.

Live entertainment will be provided by strolling musicians and interactive performers all day.

BeachFest will also feature an Arts & Crafts show along the paved beach walkway where more than 20 vendors and artisans will be selling their wares including items like beach glass jewelry, wind chimes, beach-themed paintings, driftwood items, pottery, sandals, beach bags, mosaic vases and sea shell glass jars.

There will be lots of food and beverages available for purchase from Lakeside Snacks, Frut, Lou's Classic Kettle Corn and the Fired Up Taco Truck.

Hours for the Headlands BeachFest are noon - 8 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is also free.

For more information about the Headlands BeachFest call 440-974-5794 or get online at

The Headlands BeachFest will take place at Headlands Beach State Park located at 9601 Headlands Rd. in Mentor, Ohio. Mentor is 23 miles east of Cleveland and it is approximately a 25 minute drive.

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