August 22, 2014

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Wadsworth bicentennial party kicks off Saturday

This digitally altered photo gives a look at where Wadsworth of old meets the modern city. Wadsworth kicks off its year-long bicentennial celebration at 4 p.m. Saturday with “First Night,” a family-friendly event on the downtown square. The event will include food from local vendors and restaurants, live music and performances, the presentation of the 1964 time capsule, fireworks and more. Admission is $5 and free for children age 12 and younger. Events will take place at indoor and outdoor venues, rain, snow or shine. (PHOTO COURTESY OF DOWNTOWN WADSWORTH)

This digitally altered photo gives a look at where Wadsworth of old meets the modern city. Wadsworth kicks off its year-long bicentennial celebration at 4 p.m. Saturday with “First Night,” a family-friendly event on the downtown square. The event will include food from local vendors and restaurants, live music and performances, the presentation of the 1964 time capsule, fireworks and more. Admission is $5 and free for children age 12 and younger. Events will take place at indoor and outdoor venues, rain, snow or shine. (PHOTO COURTESY OF DOWNTOWN WADSWORTH)

Wadsworth city will kick off its year-long bicentennial celebration Saturday with First Night, a family event on the square downtown.

The night will feature musical performances by Midlife Chryslers Band with Michael Stanley and Marc Lee Shannon at 6 p.m., and the University of Akron Steel Drum Band will perform throughout the evening at Grace Lutheran Church.

There will be entertainment for all ages including polka music, inflatables, airbrush tattoos, a magician and free popcorn at The Strand, a children’s theater performance of Snow White at Wadsworth Public Library, Home Depot’s “Make It and Take It,” OMG! video gaming trucks, Jazzercise demonstrations, canvas painting ($5 per person), and a performance by the Northeast Ohio Dance Ensemble.

Food trucks will serve fare from Swenson’s, Zydeco Bistro, Wholly Frijoles!, Get Stuffed and Happy Hour Kettle corn. Fire pits will be stocked with all the fixings for s’mores.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. will include the delivery of the time capsule from 1964 and the night will close with a bang with fireworks by Pyrotecnico at 8 p.m.

A town heirloom will be returned to the city this year as well after Sandusky city officials agreed to loan a replica of the “Boy with the Boot” statue to the Sculptors Guild to make a duplicate statue for Wadsworth. Wadsworth’s statue was melted down during World War II to provide metal for the war effort.

Admission buttons are on sale at WCTV and the Soprema Senior Center, both at the Wadsworth Community Center; Thurber’s Jewelers; Carolyn’s Cupboard; Three Roses Gift Boutique; Ritzman Pharmacy; and Buehler’s on Great Oaks Trail. Buttons also will be available the night of the event.

The Platinum sponsor for this event is Remington Products Co.

Residents can display their bicentennial spirit with Wadsworth Bicentennial shirts, hats, calendars, stickers and magnets, and the “Our Town, Wadsworth, Ohio” historical coffee table book. Merchandise may be purchased at WCTV and Three Roses Gift Boutique, or online at www.Wadsworth200.com.

For more information on Wadsworth First Night or any of the upcoming bicentennial events, visit www.Wadsworth200.com; like Wadsworth Bicentennial on Facebook; email Wadsworth200@wadsworthcity.org; or call (330) 335-2705.

Admission to First Night is $5 for adults and free for children age 12 and younger.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.