July 25, 2016

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Brunswick’s Mapleside Farms gets ready for Mitt Romney visit

BRUNSWICK — Mapleside Farms will prepare 10,000 pancakes Sunday morning for Mitt Romney’s planned campaign visit, owner Greg Clement said.

Ten thousand pancakes will be accompanied by 100 gallons of syrup, he said Thursday.

The sign for Mapleside Farms, 294 Pearl Road, Brunswick, welcomes Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Mapleside will host a Romney campaign stop Sunday morning with a free pancake breakfast. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

“Mitt is actually going to serve pancakes,” Clement said. “We’re going to help him do that.”

The presidential hopeful will attend the pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. Sunday at Mapleside, 294 Pearl Road. Doors will open at 8 a.m., and the breakfast is free and available to all, Clement said.

So far, 3,400 people have signed up on Romney’s campaign website — www.mittromney.com/states/Ohio — to attend, he said, but the farm is expecting about 5,000.

Besides Romney, several Ohio Republican officials will speak, including Sen. Rob Portman, of Cincinnati, Clement said.

The Romney campaign will reimburse the farm for the cost of hosting the event, he said.

Clement’s wife Kelly said the campaign left a voicemail, asking if they would be willing to host an event.

Clement said the campaign was looking at six farms in Ohio and chose Mapleside.

“It makes you — us — feel good,” he said, “that hard work pays off.”

When asked if he would host a Barack Obama campaign event as well if asked, Clement replied: “Absolutely we would.”

President Obama gave a campaign speech in Cleveland on Thursday.

Mapleside’s attractions, such as hayrides and the bouncing pillow, will be free during the day — Father’s Day.

City Manager Jim Lukas described the planned visit as a good recognition for the Brunswick community.

“Regardless of political affiliation, this is an honor,” he said.

Brunswick police Sgt. Mike Matheis said drivers can expect traffic tie-ups Sunday morning on Pearl Road.

“As far as we know, there will be no road closures, but I’m sure it’s going be highly congested,” he said.

Parking will be available across the street as well as on the farm’s property off Boston Road.

Reporter Jennifer Pignolet contributed to this report.

Contact Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.