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Taste of Green, FreedomFest offering early start to holiday fun

6/19/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

FreedomFest will include free activities such as inflatables, mobile gaming, old-fashioned games and more June 28. Shown are people at the fest during a past year.
Photo: Lew Stamp
GREEN — The City of Green will combine two events to present one weekend of free activities June 27-28 at Boettler Park, located at 5300 Massillon Road.

The weekend will offer an early start to the celebrations of July 4, according to city officials.

“We decided on the weekend before the fourth so we wouldn’t be competing with neighboring community events such as the popular Portage Lakes annual fireworks,” said Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Elkins.

The weekend of activities will begin June 27 at 6 p.m. with the Taste of Green, a food festival with more than eight local restaurants and food vendors offering a variety of fare, as well as a beer garden sponsored by Legends Sports Pub & Grille of Green. According to city officials, restaurants participating in Taste of Green this year include Legends, Papa Gyros, The West Side Bakery, Green Giant Eagle Market District, The Twisted Olive, The Pierogi Lady, Double Deuce Kettle Corn and John’s Concessions.

Visitors to the event will be able to enjoy dinner at the park and take in some entertainment that evening. Family-friendly comedian Matt Jernigan will take the stage at 7 p.m., and the “Rockin’ Hillbilly Blues Band” Karri Fedor and Kerosene will perform at 8:30 p.m.

Other activities on Friday will include informational displays by local businesses and organizations and tethered hot-air balloon rides courtesy of RE/MAX, according to city officials. Rides are $5 per person and all funds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Children’s Miracle Network, according to city officials.

On June 28 at noon, food vendors will return for FreedomFest, a celebration of community and country. The event will include free family fun activities such as inflatables, mobile gaming, old-fashioned games, contests, paddleboats, NASCAR simulators and more until 8 p.m. According to city officials, entertainment will include Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show at 3 p.m. and the MacConmara Academy of Irish Dance at 7 p.m. At 8:15 p.m., skydivers will descend into the park, and the Journey tribute band Escape will perform from 8:30 to 10:15 p.m.

The evening will conclude with a fireworks display beginning at 10:15 p.m. The fireworks may be launched earlier in the case of impending bad weather, according to city officials. The rain date is June 29. For last minute information, visit the city’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cityofgreenohio).

Free parking for both events will be available at the park and at various parking lots along International Parkway. Handicapped parking will be available at Boettler Park. To participate as an exhibitor, contact the Parks and Recreation office at 330-896-6621.

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