Akron event a ‘shoe-in’ to be another good time

By on December 30, 2014


Akron' New Year's "Shoe-in" event in 2013

Akron’ New Year’s “Shoe-in” event in 2013

Akron will once again hold its annual “Shoe-In” this New Year’s Eve to welcome 2015.

The 2014 Shoe-In runs from 9:30 p.m. until 12:15 a.m. at Akron’s Broad Street Park. To usher in the New Year, a giant, lighted shoe will drop as the last seconds of 2014 ticks away. This year’s event features free food, a street hockey tournament (beginning at 8 p.m.), a DJ spinning tunes, a bonfire and hayride.

Except for 2010, this event has been held each year since 2007.

Akron Mayor John McBeth, an ardent event supporter, emailed the ad-hoc planning committee Nov. 18 to announce that the Accuweather 45 day prediction for Dec. 31 was for a high of 31 degrees and a low of 17 degrees, clear to partly cloudy with wind speeds of 2 mph, gusting to 7 mph.

“A perfect night for an outdoor party with a bonfire,” wrote McBeth.

Hot dogs with sauerkraut and condiments, cookies and hot chocolate will be served free of charge. There will also be a trivia contest, fire officials with an engine on hand and a DJ playing family-friendly music to add to the celebration. Good’s Disposal and Ephrata National Bank are once again the event sponsors.

Akron resident Barb McMinn is in charge of the committee organizing the event. In addition to the fun filled atmosphere, McMinn wants to emphasize the giving nature of the event, which honors Akron’s roots in the shoe-making industry. The borough will collect new shoes to be donated to Peter’s Porch, an outreach ministry of Zion Lutheran Church in Akron.

Shoes can be dropped off at Zion Lutheran Church or Weiser’s Market, both on Main Street, at the Akron Borough Hall or Ephrata National Bank Akron branch, both on South 7th St. There will also be a donation box at the event. The committee’s goal is to fill all of the boxes to the top.

Parking is available at Ten Thousand Villages and Weiser’s Market. During the event, Playground Alley in the area of the park will be closed to vehicles.

For additional information contact Barbara McMinn at 859-1244.

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