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Ohio's Duck Tape Festival Celebrates Creative Uses Of Adhesive Spools

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Avon, Ohio, calls itself the duct tape capital of the world. It's where the Duck - D-U-C-K - brand of duct tape is made. Every summer, the Avon heritage tape festival honors the history and heritage of the city and celebrates the non-traditional uses of the tape. It's our latest stop for offbeat summer festivals.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Hey, everybody. How are you doing today?

ELIZABETH MILLER, BYLINE: I'm Elizabeth Miller reporting from the Duck Tape Festival in Avon, Ohio.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Duct.

UNIDENTIFIED CROWD: Tape.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Duct.

UNIDENTIFIED CROWD: Tape.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Duct.

UNIDENTIFIED CROWD: Tape.

MILLER: We've got Mount Duckmore (ph) right in front of me.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: It's a 10-foot tall copy of Mount Rushmore with over 100 rolls of duct tape. Obviously, you can do some monumental things.

MILLER: We've got an Adirondack chair made out of duct tape - pretty tall.

What are you guys making over here?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #1: The Russian flag.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #2: I just got done taping my face.

MILLER: So what do you guys like about using duct tape?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #1: Anything.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #2: ...Can kill somebody.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #3: We're doing the duct tape ukulele.

MILLER: Could you tell me a little bit about what you're making?

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: You know, I have no idea.

MILLER: We're coming up here on a different piece of duct tape art.

The Big Apple. Excuse me, did you make this?

JEDEDIAH STUPENAGLE: I did.

MILLER: Can you tell me about it?

STUPENAGLE: My name is Jedediah Stupenagle (ph). And I'm a first-year grad student. The apple's been a pretty huge icon in our culture forever, you know, between Johnny Appleseed and Washington State - huge agriculture and then obviously the Big Apple, New York. And so I just wanted to sort of represent the unity. We made the stem and the leaves detachable, so they don't have any height restrictions. It was easier that way.

MILLER: And how tall is this?

STUPENAGLE: With the stem, it's 9 and a half feet.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #3: We found a good thing to do with the duct tape.

MILLER: Can you explain what you were just doing with it?

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #3: ...Taped our husband's mouths.

MILLER: At the Duck Tape Festival in Avon, Ohio. I'm Elizabeth Miller for NPR News.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Duct.

UNIDENTIFIED CROWD: Tape.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Duct.

UNIDENTIFIED CROWD: Tape.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Duct. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Elizabeth Miller is a student at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, with a major in broadcasting. Elizabeth is still exploring her options for the future, but would most enjoy pursuing a career that lets her talk to someone different everyday. She loves a good concert.

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