July 1, 2016

Partly sunny

City festival to light up sky

Staff Writer

MEDINA — 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.

“It’s family-oriented and it’s becoming more and more community-oriented every year,” 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.

“We doubled our food vendors, we’ve doubled our inflatables and we’ve added several community vendors,” 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 center’s parking lot. This includes a fire truck, ambulance, backhoe and more for kids to explore and learn about.

“We usually do that at a different time during the year … but we thought we might as well do it all at once,” 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.

“Also this year, the rec center is offering memberships for 15 percent off during the One-Day Sale held in conjunction with the Fireworks Festival,” a press release states. Memberships will be sold from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“We did (the discount memberships) for the first time last year and it was wildly popular, so we’re doing it again,” Moats said.

Shofar may be reached at 330-721-4044 or cshofar@ohio.net.