Akron Day features fun for all ages

By on June 8, 2011

The Akron Lions Club are completing final arrangements for the 14th annual Akron Day in the Park celebration at Loyd Roland Park on June 11. Since it’s inception in 1998, the Lions Club has reserved the second Saturday in June for what has turned into a borough wide event. The vision at that time was to encourage all organizations of Akron to join with the Lions and the borough to partner with each other to provide residents of the Akron area a day filled with food, fun and family entertainment.

The festivities will begin at 7 a.m. when the Akron Zion Methodist Church prepares an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast. Breakfast will be served from 7 to 10 a.m.

The kids’ fun will begin at noon and go throughout the day. Trains rides, pony rides, an obstacle course and bouncing castle are just some of the events planned for children. At 2:30 p.m. a candy drop from the candy factory plane will take place on the main ball field. Candy bags will be provided for kids of all ages to collect their "sweet treats."

For the adults, free bingo for valuable prizes will be a big hit along with viewing the many displays, such as the volunteer fire company demonstration.

For competition the Akron Lions Club will host the annual pie eating contest who will put six local participants against each other for 2011 bragging rights.

In addition to the pie eating challenge, this year will include a "minute-to-win-it" competition for children and adults that takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. with chances to win valuable prizes.

The day will also feature baseball and softball competitions as the Ephrata Area Little League and Akron Athletic Association provides boys and girls baseball and softball competition.

Food and refreshments will also be abundant as "Bonnie’s Believers, Relay for LIFE team" will provide a variety of treats from the food pavilion, while the Boys Scouts, Joe’s Famous Fries and Weiners, Papa John’s pizza, Brewster’s BBQ and other groups will provide food stands around the center circle.

Akron Day in the Park will conclude with the annual evening concert that will this year feature a tribute to the late Bobby Jeffries and his group, the Nomads. Akron Park was a favorite of the Nomads and Bobby Jeffries was a favorite of Akron. In addition to rockin to the Bobby Jeffries tribute a classic car show will also take visitors back to that golden era of the sixties. More than a hundred cars are expected to cheer on the Nomads. More AKRON DAY, page A23

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