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GiantFest 2013
September 21, 2013
Old-Fashioned Games, Car Show,
Giant Dog Contest,
Civil War Entertainment,
Talent Show, Vintage Baseball Game,
Horse-drawn Wagon tours
and much more!

If you would like to volunteer,
become a sponsor, or have a booth
as a vendor at GiantFest please
call Velvet Eby at 330-441-2115.

GiantFest
P.O. Box 181
Seville, OH 44273

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The GiantFest
graphics and web site
were designed by
Matt Swain Design
.

 

GiantFest 2013

September 21, 2013

Old-Fashioned Games, Car Show, Giant Dog Contest, Civil War Entertainment,
Talent Show, Vintage Baseball Game, Horse-drawn Wagon tours and much more!

If you would like to volunteer, become a sponsor, or have a booth as a vendor at GiantFest, please
call Velvet Eby at 330-441-2115. GiantFest P.O. Box 181 Seville, OH 44273

Mission Statement

To provide an enlightening and affordable experience that showcases artifacts, artisans, craftsmen and historical documentation in ways that preserve and protect the uniqueness of the Giants of Seville and the village's rich history.

To connect the public with the lives of Captain Martin Van Buren Bates and Anna Swan Bates and thus inspire new generations to carry on their legacy.

To enthusiastically generate awareness of Seville's ongoing efforts to create life-sized sculptures of the giants in memory of their contributions and as ambassadors of goodwill.

Historical Perspective

Intimates of royalty, friends of celebrities and renowned in international medical circles, Captain Martin Van Buren Bates and Anna Swan Bates received more column inches of newspaper articles, books and brochures than any other couple in the history of Medina County.

A native of Kentucky, the captain stood 7-feet, 9 inches and weighed 470 pounds. Anna, who was born in Nova Scotia, was 7-feet, 11-inches tall and weighed 413 pounds.

Seville's most famous residents moved to their adopted hometown, built a home with rooms and furniture commensurate for their huge stature, gave birth to the world's largest-known human, died and were buried in Seville's Mound Hill Cemetery. Their life stories are unique and worth preserving.

Festival

GiantFest is a "Giant of a Festival" with two local parks in downtown Seville, Ohio. This festival has been created to commemorate the world's tallest couple, Captain Martin Van Buren Bates and his wife Anna Swan Bates.

GiantFest is being planned by a steering committee made up of local residents, the Seville Mayor's Office, the Seville Chamber of Commerce, Seville and Medina County Historical societies and other county and nearby residents interested in preserving the memory of Seville's most famous family.

Each park has a theme depicting different parts of the Bates' lives and careers. The themes are: entertainment with a circus atmosphere, a talent show, games and contests; historical exhibits; and depiction of the Civil War era. The festival will take you back to an era of 19th Century dress and
horse-drawn wagons that will shuttle visitors from park to park.

GiantFest is a great opportunity for members of the community to come together, for those attending to learn more about the Giants of Seville, for local organizations to have fundraisers during the festival and for everyone to have fun.

The festival is being supported by corporate contributions, grants, private donations and in-kind contributions. Proceeds will fund the life-sized statues of the giants to be displayed in Seville for the enjoyment of Medina County and the surrounding area.

The Bates were a unique and special couple, who led extraordinary lives. Through the creation of GiantFest, we can better publicize their life stories, both now and for years to come.