The Historic French Creek District ~ in The Heart of Avon

French Creek Development Association (FCDA) is a group of volunteers dedicated to promoting and enhancing the down town area known as the French Creek District. As the banners on the utility poles proclaim:

French Creek District is the Heart of Avon

Over the years, FCDA has implemented improvements such as the Gazebo and the adjacent park, The Centennial Plaza with the cast iron clock, the signage "ball" and plaza at the entrance to the Little League fields and other improvements. We also provide the flowers that are installed in the summer and the holiday wreaths in the winter on the utility poles along Detroit Road. This year we installed 15 planters as a bicentennial gift to the City.

2014 Fall Into Avon

“Fall Into Avon” festival took place on September 6th  and 7th. Despite Saturday morning rain, by afternoon sidewalks were crowded and Detroit Road was full of vehicles, causing minor traffic jam.  The car show was moved to Sunday, and all other venues proceeded as planned. The Kid’s Pavilion entertained with magician, crafts and more. All the cats were adopted at the Pet’s Center and TV personality Dick Goddard signed autographs on Saturday and Sunday. Taste of Avon had 12 vendors and bands performing both days. Saturday a time capsule from 1997 was opened and new time capsule was deposited at the Centennial Plaza in the clock base. Sunday, the car show exhibited 77 cars and the BMX bike, scooter and skateboard competition went well with multiple categories, as did the Scarecrow contest featuring 10 installations around Olde Avon Village. Thanks go to all our sponsors and volunteers who made it happen! Click on photo page for photos from this year’s event.

Holiday Event Planned

Already plans are shaping up for Saturday December 6th holiday event. Much like in the years past, Santa will arrive on a horse drawn sleigh and be escorted from Olde Avon Village to the Gazebo with a parade of kids and kids at heart. There, the City holiday tree will be lighted and the crowd will retire to Avon Isle across the street to meet with Santa, see model train displays and make crafts. This year, being Avon’s bicentennial year, plans are made to have an ice carver at the gazebo creating his frozen magic. Also, real live reindeer will be on hand at Avon Isle for photo ops! And it is our hope that the holiday wreaths will be illuminated and shine in the winter night, unlike before where they disappeared into darkness. Also the 15 planters installed this year by FCDA will be decorated for the holidays.

Just remember, new members are needed to continue these community events! Join us at our meeting on first Tuesday of the month, at 9:30am at St. Mary’s of the Woods on Detroit Road.


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December 6, 2014

Avon Isle

2pm – 7pm Display

Drop off time is 1pm – 2pm December 6th/ pick up by 8pm


Name ___________________________________

Address  _________________________________, City _________________, Zip _____________

Email:  ___________________________________  Phone # ______________________________

Parent/guardian Signature ________________________________   Date____________________

Divisional Competition

Ages 3-5 yrs of age            __________________________

Ages 6 -8 yrs of age           __________________________

Ages 9 -11 yrs of age        __________________________

Ages 12-14 yrs of age     __________________________

Prizes will be awarded during the visit with Santa at Avon Isle. 


My parent’s signature above gives permission for pictures to be taken of my entry and printed in news publication or used for promotion.

Call 440-934-4420 with any questions.  Please see contest rules at or


Please shop local merchants this holiday season!

Competition Rules

  • This entry form must be completed and submitted with entry.
  • Gingerbread house must be set up at Avon Isle, (across from Buck’s Hardware) between 1 and 2pm for judging.
  • All entries must be delivered in their completed form, attached to a base enabling it to be put on a table for display and judging.
  • Provide two (2) 3" x 5" cards listing your name, address, phone number, e-mail and category you have entered. Both cards must be handed to the staff upon registration of your gingerbread house. Any architectural structure - real or imaginary - is eligible for entry (i.e. farmhouse, train station, bridge, toy shop, mushroom cottage). 
  • Gingerbread kits are eligible and all visible parts should be edible. Judging for competitive divisions will take place December 6th. Winners will be announced at Avon Isle during the visit with Santa from 6 - 8 pm, December 6th.  Houses must be picked up after the Tree Lighting and or visit with Santa, no later than 8pm.
  • The overall base size for entries in all categories cannot exceed 18" x 20".
  • French Creek Development Association reserves the right to photograph entries for promotional purposes. Photography becomes the property of French Creek Development Association and may be published in the newspapers with write up and winner’s names.
  • French Creek Development Association is not responsible for lost or damaged gingerbread houses.

Criteria for judging the winning Gingerbread Houses:

  • Themes:  Holiday
  • Originality, includes Gingerbread House and yard
  • Neat & clean, include the Gingerbread House and yard
  • Use of color, pattern & detail, includes the Gingerbread House and yard
  • All visible parts must be edible
Download a PDF file of the application form and rules below.
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