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Duct tape can fix anything, even a festival.



Avon, Ohio is host to the 10th annual Duct Tape Festival this weekend and tens of thousands are attending for the crafty duct tape floats, costumes, parades and sculptures. Like many things involving duct tape, the festival's concept was a fix born of a crisis.

Local resident Marty Noga, 46, a production supervisor at a nearby electric-motor plant, was among a core group that set out in 2004 to develop a new, city-wide festival after Avon's longtime "Festival of Flowers" withered due to declining interest and lack of volunteers.

"We approached Henkel Consumer Adhesives, which made Duck brand duct tape at that time, and asked if they’d be a sponsor," Noga told NBC News. "They said they were interested and asked how we felt about making it a duct tape festival."

"You can imagine the look on everybody’s faces." Noga said. "It’s the same look I get today when I tell people who have never been to Avon about it."

The festival, taking place in a city of 21,193 residents 22 miles west of Cleveland, isn't the region's biggest. At 100,000, the Circleville Pumpkin show attracts more, as does the Geneva Area Grape Jamboree, boasting 200,000. But with the Duck Tape Festival's attendance topping 40,000 a year, up from 15,000 the first year, the idea appears to have stuck.

Even still, the festival's popularity may seem outsized relative to duct tape’s utilitarian origins. Developed during World War II by Johnson & Johnson to keep moisture out of ammunition cases, duct tape's uses today, from cracked vases to leaky boats to creating cleavage for models, are as varied as it is easy to use -- just rip it and stick it.

Eventually, people began using duct tape to not just fix broken things, but to build new ones.

"People were making wallets and flowers and duct-taping their shoes and book covers. They began calling us and saying, 'check out what I made,'" said Laura Pierce, media manager for ShurTech, current owner of Duck brand duct tape and sponsor of the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival. To date, the company has rolled out more than 200 colors, patterns and designs beyond the classic battleship gray, all of which will be on full display this weekend.
Thousands rock the roll at Duct Tape
Festival - NBC News.com
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.. duct tape related science ..

How duct tape patched up the world – and why we're still sticking with it



When the Apollo 13 spacecraft suffered a crippling explosion in 1970, ground controllers came up with a plan to have the crew build improvised air filters using duct tape. Without that fix, "the crew would not survive," one of the Apollo engineers said. Two years later, Apollo 17 commander Gene Cernan used what he called "good old-fashioned American gray tape" to fix a fender on the lunar rover.

How duct tape patched up the world ? and why we're still sticking with it - Cosmic Log
 

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