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Richfield prepares for Community Day events

8/1/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

RICHFIELD — Three days of activities will entertain residents and visitors Aug. 9-11 as Richfield celebrates Community Day.

The annual weekend starts with a parade and ends with fireworks, with most activities taking place at Richfield Woods Park, 4100 Broadview Road.

The event includes activities on Friday and Saturday coordinated and sponsored by the Richfield Amvets and Masons, while Sunday’s Community Day is sponsored by the Richfield Kiwanis. The organizations’ contributions are invaluable, said Recreation Director Ruth Jocek.

“It’s the only way we can be doing this event,” she said. “It’s such a small town. Everyone wears a different hat.”

The weekend kicks off Aug. 9 with the parade that steps off from Town Hall, 4410 W. Streetsboro Road, to the park at 6:30 p.m. Assembly will begin an hour prior at the former Richfield Elementary School.

Following the parade, spectators are welcome to stay at the park for hamburgers and hotdogs cooked up by the Masons. The Sons of Amvets will provide drinks.

Entertainment that night will include the annual Little Mr. and Miss Richfield Contest, a demonstration by Rally Girls and a talent show featuring local residents.

Those who wish to be in the talent show can register at the village website. Applications for the Little Mr. and Miss Richfield are also available there and must be in by tomorrow, Aug. 2. The contest is open to children ages 4-8.

The following morning, Aug. 10, the third annual Community Day Sprint 5K run and Scamper 1 mile walk will take place. The 5K will begin at 8 a.m., and the walk will follow.

The Sprint takes participants through Richfield Woods Park to the Eastwood Preserve and back to the park, while the Scamper takes participants through the park. Runners and walkers may preregister before Aug. 3 or register the morning of the race at 7:30 a.m. The Sprint is $20 in advance or $25, and the Scamper is $15 in advance or $18.

Proceeds will help the Eastwood Preserve Gardens.

Also that day, from 8 to 11 a.m., all are invited to a pancake breakfast at the Richfield Fire Station, 4450 W. Streetsboro Road. The breakfast costs $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 10 and younger.

The fire station and adjacent Richfield Police Station also will be the site of a demonstration of an emergency extrication at 9 a.m. and a Safety Forces Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors can tour the stations, and Kodak the firedog will be on hand.

Pet owners can take advantage of a rabies vaccinations clinic there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shots cost $6.

Taking place that evening will be the annual Sons of Amvets Squadron No. 176 and Meridian Sun Masonic Lodge No. 69 Steak Fry from 3 to 8 p.m. at the park. Steak dinners cost $18 presale or $20 at the door, or $5 for a children’s meal of a hamburger and chips. Advance tickets are available at Richfield Auto Center, Exit 11 Tire Service, Jerry’s Sunoco, Richfield Recreation Center, Constantine’s, The Bake Shop in Ghent, the Amvets Hall or from any Son of Amvets or Mason.

Aug. 11 will feature a full day of fun at the park beginning at 11 a.m.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the Moonlight Serenaders from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Cold Blue Steele from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and Cruisin’ from 7 to 9 p.m.

Other activities will include a Pet Show Training Demonstration from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Dr. Insecta from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and a Hula Hoop Contest from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The day also will feature a raffle, with winners chosen at 9 p.m. The event will conclude with fireworks at dark.

For additional details and event registration information, go to www.richfieldvillageohio.org and look under the Parks and Recreation tab, or call 330-659-5818.

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