By Julie Ann Madden
There will be plenty of activities for all ages this weekend as the first-ever Akron Summer Detour celebration begins Friday.
“The Akron Summer Detour was just an idea in December 2012 when a group of Akron residents decided Akron needs a weekend to celebrate “OUR TOWN,” according to Akron Summer Detour Committee Chairperson Nikki Jurgensen. “Those of us who live here, have lived here, or are just starting to live here, know that Akron is very community oriented, and they are willing to come together to help a family, person or organization in need.”
“So we have decided to bring back the fun days to the new days,” said Jurgensen.
Here is a schedule of Akron Summer Detour activities:
Friday, July 19
5 – 7 p.m.: Hog Feed, which consists of pork loin sandwiches, chips and drinks.
7 p.m.: Variety Show, which includes the coronation ceremony for the Prince & Princess Contest, will be on Third Street, south of Reed Steet.
Saturday, July 20
7:30 a.m.: 5K Run/Walk at the Akron City Park, across from Britton Chiropractic & Rehab Clinic.
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Craft Vendor Fair at the Akron City Park.
9:00 a.m.: Volleyball Tournament at Akron Lanes’ Outdoor Social Garden.
10:00 a.m.: Tricycle Obstacle Course on Second Street between Reed and Mill Streets.
Following the Tricycle Obstacle Course will be the Lawn Mower Obstacle Races on Second Street between Reed and Mill Streets.
1:00 p.m.: Firefighters’ Water Fights on Third Street, south of Reed Street.
4:00 p.m.: Bed Races on Mill Street between Second and Fourth Streets.
7 p.m.: Street Dance with The Rude Band performing from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Reed Street between Second and Third Streets.
Sunday, July 21
Noon – 3 p.m.: Car Show & Shine will be held in the Akron City Park.
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Kids’ Fun Day in the Akron City Park.
There will be carnival games, sack races, a water balloon toss, minnow races for kids of all ages to participate.
In addition, there will be a climbing wall, Plinko, a clown making balloon shapes, a face painting booth and a pie-throwing contest.
Furthermore, there will be a bake sale and lunch will be available.