Community Day weekend has activities for all

by Wendy Turrell

Richfield Community Day marks its 50th anniversary this year, according to event chairperson Ruth Jocek, and will be celebrated for an entire weekend from Friday, August 12, to Sunday, August 14. The event, which was started by the now disbanded Richfield Jaycees, is sponsored by the Bath-Richfield Kiwanis.

Community Day weekend kicks off with a parade on Friday, August 12, at 6:30 p.m. The route begins at Richfield Village Hall and ends at Richfield Woods Park, where there will be music and refreshments. The parade will feature the Revere High School Marching Band, and a variety of floats, vintage cars and tractors, according to Mayor Michael Wheeler. He said, “There is not a bad seat in the house,” with good vantage points anywhere along the north and south sides of 303 from Humphrey Road west to Broadview Road, and on the east or west side of Broadview Road north of 303 to the park entrance.”

On Saturday, August 13, the Sons of AMVETS Post 176 and the Meridian Sun Lodge will jointly sponsor a public steak fry at Richfield Woods Park. Organizer Rick Hudak stressed that all the proceeds go to fund scholarships that benefit Revere High School graduates. The dinner will be served from 4-8 p.m. The menu includes steak, baked potato, salad and roll for $20, if purchased in advance from participating local businesses, or $22 if purchased the day of the event. The children’s menu features a hamburger and costs just $5. Tickets are limited, so advance purchase is recommended.

The weekend culminates with Richfield Community Day on Sunday, August 14. Jocek said an entire day of activities is planned, starting at 1 p.m. at Richfield Woods Park at 4100 Broadview Rd. There will be pie baking, frog jumping, horseshoe and hula-hoop contests, along with a pet show and corn hole tournament with prizes, among many events. Registration for the frog jump contest begins at 12:30 p.m. with the event starting at 1 p.m. for ages six and under. Bring your own frog or pick one of ours.

The Bath-Richfield Kiwanis will have a Heart of Revere table for donations for their newest community project. They are collecting toiletries for all ages, including shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, razors, etc., at a table inside the pavilion. Richfield residents are encouraged to bring donations for the Heart Box.

The pet show starts at 1:30 p.m. in the entertainment tent. There are prizes for the largest and smallest pets, as well as the most unique pet, those that do the best trick, or have the best costume. All dogs must be on a leash.

The corn hole tournament will run from 2-4 p.m. Competition will be divided into two age groups: 18 and over, and under 18. Adults can win a $100 cash prize. There will also be a prize for the winning youth team. There is a $10 registration fee, and participants are asked to register ahead of time on the Bath-Richfield Kiwanis website. If there are any openings the day of the tournament, some may be registered at the event.

The popular pie-baking contest will occur in the Kiwanis Tent at 3:45 p.m. Entries will be judged in three categories: fruit pies, single crust, and double crust pies. Pie entries must be accompanied by a postcard with the baker’s name, type of pie, and be submitted by 3:30 p.m. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded.

Several nonprofit groups will have displays to demonstrate what they offer to the community in the big tent. These include the Richfield Park Board, Summit County Soil and Water, Richfield Library, Richfield Historical Society, and Akron Children’s Museum, among many.

The American Toy Marble Museum will have displays and activities for children near first base on the north baseball diamond. Lowe’s will return with its well-received Build It table, where kids can make a supervised project. Mathnasium will show kids fun with math games, while explaining their exciting program. Cascade Auto will display new cars and sponsor an activity and giveaways. In addition to all these activities, there will be radio-controlled powerboat demonstrations on Richfield Woods Lake.

The Revere High School Key Club will run children’s games throughout the day. These will include beanbag toss, fishpond, basketball toss, inflatables and a climbing wall. Prizes will be awarded. A train will circle the park for the whole family to ride on.

Of course, delicious festival food will be available, such as hamburgers, hot dogs, blooming onions, French fries, ice cream and funnel cakes.

No celebration would be complete without music.  Community Day will feature several acts on Sunday. Among them are the Rubber City Ukes at 2:30 p.m.; Derby Town Chorus at 5 p.m.; and the Goods Band at 7 p.m. The day will end with spectacular fireworks at dark.

The event schedule is on the Kiwanis website bathrichfieldkiwanis.org ∞