Organizers are hoping the 12th annual Beach Glass Festival will rock the Ashtabula Harbor, come September. But it’s all dependent on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Almost 75 vendors and artisans from more than a dozen states plan to take to the streets, offering their collections of beach glass, jewelry, artwork, sun catchers, gourds, floral arrangements, rugs, handbags and clothing. It’s one of the largest beach glass festivals in Ohio, organizers said.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12-13, rain or shine, along Bridge Street.

“The festival, which usually takes place in June, has been rescheduled for September,” said Melody Shiflet, who is organizing the festival. “We will make a final determination regarding those dates based on Gov. Mike DeWine’s recommendations for public gatherings.”

Shiflet owns Heartmade Boutique on Bridge Street.

During the festival, visitors will also be able to access Walnut Beach and try their luck at finding their own beach glass. Walnut Beach is a short walk or drive from Bridge Street.

The event started through local organization “Business of Good” and the Bridge Street merchants, Lori and Troy Dalrymple, took over the next year.

“Every year we get new people and a lot of returns from Youngstown, Warren, Cleveland and Erie,” Troy Dalrymple has said. “We always just hope for sunny weather.”

All the shops and restaurants along Bridge Street will be open during the festival. n

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