Lorain, Ohio’s annual FireFish Festival goes steampunk this year, and will have two FireFish: a giant sculpture with a “STEAMpunk” motif that will be part of the Sunset Procession in downtown Lorain, Ohio on Oct. 7, and a fish that will be burned in the festival finale. The Lorain County Community College’s Fab Lab at the Campana Center for Ideation and Invention serves as a hub for artists and students creating this year’s FireFish centerpiece.
A steampunk theme is front and center for the 2017 FireFish Festival, to be held downtown from 5-11 p.m., Oct. 6, and 2 p.m. to midnight, Oct. 7.
Q. Who built the parade FireFish?
A. The FireFish STEAM Academy was a partnership with the Lorain City Schools, Save Our Children Elyria’s Elyria Teen’s Achieving Success program, and Lorain County Workforce Development Agency Youth Employment program. Sponsors were the Lorain County Community College Foundation and Nordson Corporation Foundation.
The teen artist apprentices are under artist-designer Jim Gundlach and artist-mentors Stevie Lee Tanner and Ryan Craycraft.