Niles festival celebrates inventor

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) — The city of Niles celebrated Harry Stevens on Sunday with a festival on State Street.

It’s the second event in recent years honoring the man known for creating the hot dog, drinking straw, and baseball score card.

About 40 vendors lined the street for the big day. Organizers said the crowd doubled this year to about 4,000 visitors, something they said is rewarding.

“We’re kind of honoring his lineage here in Niles and at the same time bringing all the residents of Niles together to enjoy a day of community fun,” said Avenue on Main president, Barry Steffey Jr.

Organizers said they’ll take a month off before beginning preparations for next year’s festival.

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