Akron Day this Saturday

By on June 5, 2013

Another full slate of fun and activities is planned for Akron’s Loyd Roland Park, Saturday, June 8.

The Akron Lions Club is completing final arrangements for the 16th annual "Akron Day In The Park celebration. Since its 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 and partner with the Lions and the borough to provide area residents a day filled with food, fun and family entertainment.

The festivities begin at 7 a.m. when the Grace E.C. Church prepares an "all-you-can-eat" pancake and sausage breakfast till 10.

Fun for the kids begins at noon and runs throughout the day. Face painting, train rides, pony rides, an obstacle course and bouncing castles are just some of the events planned for children. At 1:30 p.m., there will be a candy drop from the candy factory plane, taking place on the main ballfield. Candy bags will be provided for kids of all ages to collect the sweet treats.

For the adults, free bingo for valuable prizes will be a big hit. For competition, the Lions will host the annual pie eating contest where bragging rights will be on the line. In addition, professional juggler Chris Ivey will perform from 2-2:45.

The day will also feature baseball and softball competition by the Ephrata Area Little League and Akron Athletics Association.

Food and refreshments will also be abundant. The Boy Scouts, Joe’s Famous Fries and Wieners, Papa John’s Pizza and other groups will provide food stands around the center circle.

Akron Day In The Park will conclude with the annual evening concert, featuring The Nomads, starting at 5:30. A classic car show will also take everyone back to the golden era of the ’60s.

The day is made possible through the cooperative effort of the Lions, the borough and sponsors Mr. Rehab, Code Administrators, Shirk and Mejia, Stradling Funeral Home, Ephrata National Bank, Fulton Bank, Akron Insurance Agency, Burkholder Paving, Harding and Yost Insurance, Bath Fitters, Pepperidge Farms, Christine Flomerfelt State Farm Agency and Carl Eshelman, Certified Public Accountant.

More AKRON DAY, page A18

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