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Rock the Docks offering family fun

6/27/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show entertained adults and children at last year’s Rock the Docks. Shown above, from left, are 6-year-olds Sam Powell and Austin Ross and 4-year-old Dakota Ross, all from Springfield, handling a Burmese python during the show.
Photo: Lew Stamp
SPRINGFIELD — Rock the Docks will extend Fourth of July activities this year to July 7. The three-day family event runs July 5-7 along the north shore of Springfield Lake and offers plenty to do.

“In addition to great food, awesome rides and a magnificent fireworks display, Rock the Docks has several new additions this year,” said Jerry Michael, who is coordinating the event with his wife, Cindy Michael. “We are also promoting Sunday as Family Day and offering a $3 discount for ride tickets with the donation of two canned goods per ticket to support the Akron [-Canton Regional] Foodbank.”

Rock the Docks will be open July 5 from 5 to 11 p.m., July 6 from noon to 11 p.m. and July 7 from noon to 6 p.m. Entrance to the event is free, but there is a small fee for rides and some activities.

Activities for Rock the Docks will kick off July 5 at 7 p.m. with the Marshall Law Band playing bluegrass music. Carnival rides and games will be set up, and families are invited to bring a picnic or enjoy carnival fare. Also, free pontoon boat rides will be offered from 5 to 9 p.m. and will continue July 6 at the same time. In addition, teens are invited to a dance from 9 to 11 p.m. at the Springfield Township Fire Department on Canfield Road.

Rock the Docks continues July 6 with the Fire Department’s pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m., offered free with a donation to benefit the Springfield High School French class, which is working to raise money for the students’ trip to Europe next summer.

Beginning at 11 a.m., the carnival rides and games will be open, and face painting, a dunking booth and other activities will be available.

Three Rivers Outboard Racing returns to the event with boat races July 6-7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Boats will be launching from the south side of the lake.

Also July 6-7, Outback Ray and his exotic animals will offer an interactive and child-friendly show at 2 p.m. both days.

Two bands July 6 will entertain the crowds. Xtra Crispy, a southern rock blues band, will be on stage from 4 to 6 p.m., and the Swizzle Stick Band, an eight-piece horn band that performs Motown songs, will perform from 7 to 10 p.m.

July 6 will end with a bang as fireworks are set off at dusk. A free coloring contest for children ages 9 and younger, with a picture created by Noah Hutchinson available at Giant Eagle, 484 E. Waterloo Road, will offer a prize for the winner and his or her family to watch the fireworks from a pontoon boat on the lake.

July 7 at 11 a.m., Rock the Docks continues with Home Depot offering a craft at the Vincent J. Mealy Memorial Gazebo while supplies last. In addition, Wing Warehouse will sponsor a wing-eating contest at 3:30 p.m.

This year’s Rock the Docks’ T-shirt, designed by Hannah Hensley, a graphic arts student at Portage Lakes Career Center in Green, will be available for purchase during the event.

Organizers state that no backpacks will be permitted into the event festival area, and officials reserve the right to search all bags.

Parking will be available across the street at Gala Commons and at the Tri-County Plaza on Canton Road, and First Student will provide a free and continuous shuttle bus service to Canfield Road.

Corporate sponsors for Rock the Docks are Wayside Furniture, FirstEnergy and Tractor Supply.

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