June 25, 2016

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Mitt Romney to make stop Father’s Day in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will make a Father’s Day campaign stop in the city to share pancakes and talk with area residents.

Sunday’s free event will be at Mapleside Farms, 294 Pearl Road. Doors to the pancake breakfast will open at 8 a.m. and the event will begin at 9.

Mitt Romney

Anyone interested in attending should visit www.mittromney.com/states/Ohio to sign up.

“The cool part I look at is a presidential candidate has never stopped in Brunswick,” Mapleside owner Greg Clement said. “It’s huge for the county. It’s huge for the city.”

The last time a presidential candidate visited Medina County was in October 1988 when then-Vice President George H.W. Bush attended a campaign rally on Public Square in Medina.

Clement said his wife, Kelly, received a call a week ago from George Brown from Romney’s campaign who said the presidential hopeful was coming to Ohio and wanted to do a pancake breakfast. Mapleside was among a dozen places being looked at and Romney was interested in family farms.

Brown visited Mapleside last week, received a tour and was introduced to Jane Eyssen, whose family had owned the farm since 1927 before Clement and his wife bought it about 1½ years ago.

A few days later, “we got the call Mapleside was chosen,” Clement said.

The 100-acre farm is host to a pumpkin patch, 4,000 apple trees, corn maze, hayrides, an inflatable jumping pillow and several festivals during the year.

Clement said the farm should be able to accommodate the crowds Sunday because as many as 25,000 people have attended weekend events.

He said Romney’s campaign told him hundreds of people already had signed up for the breakfast by Monday evening.

“I would love to see Republicans, Democrats, just come and listen to a guy who might be the next president and make up their own mind,” Clement said.

“That’s why I love America.”

Contact Liz Sheaffer at (330) 721-4060 or lsheaffer@medina-gazette.com.

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