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Bath Community Day is Aug. 2

7/24/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

Free inflatables, shown above at last year’s event, for children and free carnival games will be available at Bath Community Day.

The Bath Gamma Garden Club will hold a Wacky Planter Contest during Bath Community Day. This year’s contest will be held in honor of its founder, Al Eddy, who died late last year. Eddy is shown above, at right, during last year’s event talking with Isaiah Despoth, a then sophomore and trumpet player in the Revere High School Marching Minutemen Band, and Baileigh Seaver, a then junior and flute player in the band.
Photos: Krista Galloway
BATH — People and pets are expected to have fun all day when Bath Community Day returns for its 17th year Aug. 2.

For the second year, Angela van der Heyde will chair the day-long event. She’s had some part in helping put on the festivities for most of the event’s history, assisting with the parade for about 15 years, she said.

Gail Elrod is the main helper responsible for putting on this year’s Community Day, as she is in charge of managing booths and donations and is treasurer for the event, said van der Heyde.

The day will start off with the Bath Homeowners Association’s pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at Bath Church, located at 3980 W. Bath Road. Tickets are available at the door.

At 11 a.m., the annual parade will step off from just south of Ira Road, proceeding south on North Cleveland-Massillon Road to West Bath Road. Around 50 groups are expected to participate in the procession, which is about a mile in length and mostly downhill, according to parade organizers.

Additional signature Community Day activities will get underway around noon following the parade and continue until 5 p.m. at the Bath Community Activity Center, located at 1615 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

A large tented area will house booths with community organizations whose members will provide information and giveaways.

The Cover Band, a local group promising danceable rock, ’80s dance funk, disco, current hits, oldies and blues, will play throughout the day.

Food will be available for purchase, including from Bombay Grill in the pavilion. As of presstime, other food vendors were still being finalized, due to recent changes in licensing requirements, according to van der Heyde. The Bath Grange also will be selling bottled water and soft drinks.

Returning this year, the Bath Gamma Garden Club will hold a Wacky Planter Contest. This year’s contest will be held in honor of its founder, Al Eddy, said van der Heyde. Eddy died Nov. 3, 2013.

There is no fee to enter the contest, and participants just need to bring in flowers they’ve grown in anything that’s not a plant pot, with judging done and prizes awarded by members of the club, said van der Heyde.

A Best Pooch contest, with prizes awarded in a variety of categories, also will return.

A cross-country race, stepping off from the pavilion and winding through the woods, will be held in the afternoon, with awards going to winners in various age categories.

Especially for children, free inflatables will provide bouncy fun all day. Also, the staff from the Greenhouse of Bath will oversee free carnival games.

Also for children, Lowe’s will have staff onsite to help with a free make-and-take project.

For more details, visit www.bathcommunityday.com or call 330-666-4007.

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