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MACEDONIA -- Despite the financial woes of the city's recreation department, the Macedonia Fun Fest will go on as planned.
While the festival is a budget-neutral event for the city, Mayor Joe Migliorini said the event was in jeopardy as the recreation department loses funds this summer, but thanks in part to the recently-passed income tax issue the show will go on.
Macedonia Recreation Director Angela Manley said the festival is a celebration.
"This year's event will not only kick off summer, but will also celebrate a brighter future of the city with the passage of Issue 3," she said.
Migliorini said the event is really all about community involvement.
"This is really our only hometown event, and it is a great time to bring your kids out and grandkids," he said adding memories are made at the festival. "My grandkids are already plotting what to do each day of the festival."
He added the city is always looking for new faces to join the committee to help evolve the festival and welcomes feedback about the event.
The four-day festival will be held in the parking lot at the recreation center by Longwood Park June 8 to 11. Admission is free. Music, food, games and rides will be part of the festivities all four days.
The car show is back for a second year and while there is still no "official" judging auto enthusiasts can vote on a "People's Choice" award. Last year four participants received the top "People's Choice" honors: Greg Evans of Northfield was recognized for his 1978 Ford Ranchero; Larry Woods of Macedonia for his 1965 Chevrolet Corvette; Dan Smith of Macedonia for his 1957 Ford Thunderbird and John Kokinchak of Aurora for his 1936 Ford 1/2 Ton Rat Rod.
The Classic Car Cruise-In will be held June 8 from 5 to 8 p.m.
It is also the second year the city's annual 5k will coincide with the festival however, the race will take place Friday evening this year.
"We really wanted to incorporate the 5k into the Fun Fest when other activities were taking place," Manley said. "The 5k stood alone when it was previously on Sunday morning, but hosting it on Friday evening allows participants and their supporters to enjoy live music, rides, food, etc."
The first 150 pre-registered 5k or one mile participants will get T-shirts and free drink ticket for the beer truck, along with post race food and refreshments. Hermes of Cleveland has again mapped out the race, which will begin at the rec center just off Route 82 and wind through trails in Longwood Park before ending back at the start line.
Preregistration will be open on hermescleveland.com until June 8 at 9 a.m. The cost for the 5k is $20 for those who preregister and $25 on race day. The cost for the one mile walk is $15 for preregistering and $20 on race day.
Runners can pick up their packets or register beginning at 5:30 p.m race day and the one-mile race will begin at 6:45 p.m. with the 5k starting at 7 p.m. rain or shine. There will also be a free Kids Dash immediately following the 5k.
Proceeds from the race will benefit The Humane Society of Summit County located in Twinsburg. For more information on HSSC visit summithumane.org.
Live music will be played all four days of the event with Haywire kicking off the weekend on the main stage June 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Cleveland Breakfast Club will play from 7 to 10 p.m. June 9. Red Ball Jets will rock the main stage on June 10. Back 9 Par 4 will wrap up the festivities with a Sunday performance June 11 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Fireworks are scheduled for 10 p.m. June 10 with a rain date of June 11. Cavs fans won't have to miss the game Friday night, Manley said there will be a screen mounted in the stage area for the June 9 game.
"There are plenty of activities to please everyone," Manley said. "Plus who doesn't love fireworks and funnel cake?"
Briana Barker: 330-541-9432