By CASSANDRA SHOFAR
MEDINA â€” In its fifth year, the fireworks festival Thursday will be chock-full of activities for every age group, ending with a sky lit by the annual fireworks display on the Medina High School grounds.
The festival will start at 4 p.m. at the Medina Community Recreation Center, which is hosting it, and will end at 10 p.m.
â€œItâ€™s family-oriented and itâ€™s becoming more and more community-oriented every year,â€ said Christy Moats, finance assistant at the rec center.
Tying in many traditional sights, sounds and smells of a festival, the activities will include carnival games, a dunk tank, festival foods, inflatables for the kids, pony rides by River Styx Stables, a pie-eating contest by Bakers Square, a hot-dog-eating contest by Drug Mart, face-painting and balloon animals.
â€œWe doubled our food vendors, weâ€™ve doubled our inflatables and weâ€™ve added several community vendors,â€ Moats said, adding the hot-dog-eating contest is also a new event.
In addition, children can mix play with education by checking out the Touch a Truck event prior to the fireworks festival from 1 to 3 p.m. in front of the rec centerâ€™s parking lot. This includes a fire truck, ambulance, backhoe and more for kids to explore and learn about.
â€œWe usually do that at a different time during the year â€¦ but we thought we might as well do it all at once,â€ Moats said. This way, she added, the children also can use the swimming pool at the recreation center, which will be available Thursday along with the rec center for $2 after 1 p.m. and until 9 p.m.
â€œAlso this year, the rec center is offering memberships for 15 percent off during the One-Day Sale held in conjunction with the Fireworks Festival,â€ a press release states. Memberships will be sold from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
â€œWe did (the discount memberships) for the first time last year and it was wildly popular, so weâ€™re doing it again,â€ Moats said.
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