To honor East Liverpool's history as the center of the country's ceramic industry, the city hosts a pottery festival each year. The Tri-State Pottery Festival is held in June, featuring a variety of games, rides, and entertainment that is fun for the whole family. The festival's main events are the National Door Knob Toss and the Pottery Olympics. The Door Knob Toss is just as it sounds. Competitors attempt to throw a door knob into a four-inch PVC pipe from 24 feet away. To take part in this or any of the other special competitions, make sure to sign up early.
In 1899, Will Lamartine Thompson donated 100 acres of land to East Liverpool. The city used this land to create a huge park just north of the downtown area. Today, Thompson Park features a host of recreational facilities, such as a swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, football fields, baseball fields, hiking trails, playgrounds, and a disc golf course. The park also has an outdoor amphitheater that hosts a variety of citywide events throughout the summer. With prairies of wildflowers and hardwood forests as well, this is the best place in East Liverpool to be when the weather is nice.
Museum of Ceramics
In the "Pottery Capital of the World," it is only fitting that East Liverpool has a museum dedicated to the history of the ceramic industry. The Museum of Ceramics was created in the city's old post office building, which was constructed in 1909. Since 1980, however, it has been home to the museum, housing exhibits that depict the development of East Liverpool and its ceramic industry through the 19th and 20th centuries. It especially focuses on the time periods from 1840 to 1930, when East Liverpool's potters produced over fifty percent of the country's ceramics. The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday.