The Waraji Matsuri is an annual festival that fills the main street of Fukushima City in early August. The festival originally finds its roots in the Mount Shinobu Dawn Procession. During the festival, visitors can see the local residents wearing tradiational festival outfits such as yukata, happi, and original costumes while they perform a large variety of exciting dances. Notable performances include Heisei Waraji Ondo and Dancing Soda Night. There is also a dedication ceremony for the waraji (straw sandal), and many exciting fun-filled events for young and old alike, including the Waraji Kyoso race.