The Village of Minerva
A Great Place to Live, Work, Learn and Play
The Village of Minerva is a unique place. A small, historic town conveniently located close to nearby cities, but maintaining its individual identity and offering a wide variety of business opportunities and community events and activities. It is a community of cooperation between government, business, nonprofits, and schools.
The Minerva Local School District has a long and proud history of preparing all students for college and career readiness after graduation, including opportunities for academic, career technical and adult education at the R.G. Drage Career Technical Center.
People of all ages enjoy playing and staying fit on the many fields, courts, walking path, and playgrounds of Municipal, Bicentennial, and Rotary parks. Friends and family gather in the pavilions of Municipal and Bicentennial parks, which can be rented by calling 330-868-7705. Minerva residents are also just a short drive from county parks, trails and other facilities in Stark, Carroll and Columbiana counties.
There’s plenty to do in the village! Minerva is home to the Brick Street Art & Jazz Festival, Oktoberfest, Downtown Wonderland Christmas Celebration, and the Minerva Homecoming. Additionally, area residents look forward to the annual Evening of Celtic Music & Dance and other performances at the historic Roxy Theatre. Other community organizations sponsor the On the Bricks Car Show, the MinervaStrong 5K, Family Fun Day, and much more.
Brick Street Art & Jazz Festival
The Brick Street Art & Jazz Festival is held annually late in May on Minerva’s historic North Market Street, with the date depending on the timing of Memorial Day. The festival is a celebration of the arts of all types with performances by student and professional jazz bands throughout the day, as well as student, amateur and professional exhibits, demonstrating artists, food, and interactive arts activities for all ages.
Minerva’s annual Oktoberfest is held annually on the last Saturday in September in Municipal Park and features live music, crafters, vendors, food, free hayrides, an extensive kids’ area, contests for all ages, and a beer garden sponsored by the Minerva Athletic Boosters. Oktoberfest coincides with the annual Stockers and Streeters On the Bricks Car Show, held on Saturday and Sunday, noon-4 p.m., on Minerva’s historic North Market Street, and National Alpaca Farm Days at Natural Approach Farm Store, 3944 Whitacre Ave. SE. A shuttle runs between the events on Saturday. In 2016, the second Minerva Monster Day will also be held in conjunction with Oktoberfest. It will feature a short film festival at the Roxy Theatre on North Market Street on Friday evening, and speakers, discussions, and showings of films at Minerva High School, adjacent to Municipal Park, on Saturday.
The village’s kickoff of the holiday season is held the second Saturday after Thanksgiving each year and begins with the Christmas parade. After the parade, Santa is available in the Roxy Theatre to hear wishes and pose for free photos. Treat trees sponsored by area businesses and organizations line North Market Street, and a variety of activities for children are offered in storefronts along the street. The event culminates with caroling and the lighting of the village Christmas tree.
Sponsored by the Minerva Community Association, The Minerva Homecoming is held in June each year in Municipal Park and kicks off with Minerva’s largest parade. The Homecoming lasts four days and features exhibits in the Community Building, a midway with rides and food, performances, raffles, and more. For information about space in the Community Building, contact Karen Pennock, 330-868-5333; about being a vendor, contact Brad Palmer, 330-323-7763; and about the parade, contact Vickie Eick, 330-323-6977.
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