by Sue Serdinak
The weekend begins Aug. 11 with a Friday night parade, leaving Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. and continuing to Richfield Woods, where there will be music by the Swizzlesticks, and burgers, hot dogs and soft drinks for sale. To be part of the parade, please show up at Town Hall by 6 p.m. that evening. No sign-up required.
AMVETS Post 176 and the Meridian Sun Lodge will sponsor a steak fry under the tent on Saturday, Aug. 12. Dinner will be served from 4-8 p.m. Tickets for the steak and baked potato dinner are $20 if purchased in advance at Village Auto Body, Exit 11 or Richfield Auto Center. If purchased the day of the event, the price is $22. The children’s menu features a hamburger and costs $5. Tickets are limited and advance purchase is recommended.
Community Day – a hometown festival like no other
Quick, rearrange the big tent at Richfield Woods and prepare for Community Day on Sunday, Aug. 13. Sponsored by the Bath-Richfield Kiwanis with chairperson Ruth Jocek, the event has something for all ages. Along with the popular attractions of past years, added this year will be more inflatables for children, two mechanical rides, a climbing wall and the Euro Bungie jump for all ages, according to Jocek.
Roam, play, eat, visit
Roam the grounds and find horses, marble lessons, the frog-jumping contest, horseshoes, fire and police displays, inflatables, balloon twisting, tire art and the pie contest. Take a break from walking and ride the popular Euclid Beach Rocket Car or go under the tent for the hourly entertainment groups.
Grab lunch and dinner at several food trucks. Enjoy delicious street food from Antonio’s Pizza, King Tut’s Egyptian foods, Da Dawg House and Judy’s Concessions, selling blooming onions, veggies, lemonade and funnel cakes.
Bessie’s Best ice cream will cool you down or get a cold brew at the AMVETS tent.
Enter a pie in the pie-judging competition. The categories are fruit, single crust and double crust. Drop it off at the Kiwanis tent by 3 p.m. Judging will take place at 5 p.m.
Take a chance on winning a Bintelli electric bike. Only 200, $20 tickets are being sold. Find the tickets at the Kiwanis tent.
Get Instant Bingo tickets from traveling Kiwanis members, and/or purchase raffle tickets for a great variety of gift baskets. One of the raffle items is a children’s battery-powered vehicle.
The drawing for the bike and other prizes will take place at 8 p.m.
Under the tent, several organizations will be represented, offering quiet entertainment and information about their groups. Included will be: Bath Parks, Cuyahoga Valley Railroad, Friends of Richfield Heritage Preserve, Heart of Revere, Masonic Lodge, Oviatt House, Revere School District, Revere speech and debate, Revere youth wrestling, Richfield Chamber of Commerce, Richfield Civic Organization, Richfield Heritage Preserve, Richfield Library, Richfield United Church of Christ, Richfield Senior Center, Richfield Town Trust, Richfield Village Parks and Recreation, Richfield Village Visioning Committee, Summit County Children’s Services, Summit Metro Parks and Summit Soil and Water.
The entertainment tent has non-stop afternoon performances starting at 1 p.m. with the Double Bubble Gum contest.
The youth band Slam will perform from 2-3 p.m. (See separate article about this new group hitting the local scene.)
At 3 p.m. the talent show will feature local talent and star wannabes.
At 4 p.m. Jessie Jukebox, musician and children’s songwriter, will have everyone rocking. He puts on an amusing and interactive show that entertains grownups and children.
Brecksville Squares will organize a square dance at 5 p.m. Prepare to wiggle in the Hula Hoop contest for all ages at 6 p.m.
A Beatles tribute group, George Martins Band, will be the featured performers of the event. Relive Beatlemania and enjoy the music that has been sung for decades with a band that has perfected the sound. They will perform from 7-9 p.m.
About 9:45 p.m. the fireworks show will begin at Richfield Woods. ∞
Double Bubble Gum blowing contest 1-2 p.m.
Slam youth band 2-3 p.m.
Talent show 3-4 p.m.
Jessie Jukebox children’s 4-5 p.m.
Brecksville Squares square dancing 5-6 p.m.
Hula Hoop contest all ages 6-7 p.m.
George Martins Band Beatles tribute 7-9 p.m.
Grand Prize drawings 7:55 p.m.
On our cover (Photos): Community Days returns for the 51st annual event on August 11-13. Photos provided.