Shoe-drop on NYE
Akron will once again kick off the new year with its annual "Shoe-In" event next Monday.
The 2012 Shoe-In runs from 8 p.m. to midnight at Broad Street Park. This year’s event features free food, a street hockey tournament, a DJ spinning tunes, a bonfire and a hayride. A giant, lighted shoe will drop as the last seconds of 2012 tick away.
This event has been held each year since 2007 with the exception of 2010.
Mayor John McBeth, an ardent Shoe-In supporter, along with Akron resident Barb McMinn and an ad hoc committee are organizing the event. Hot dogs with sauerkraut and condiments, cookies and hot chocolate will be served free of charge. There will also be face-painting artists, 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.
The night will begin with a street hockey tournament at 8 p.m., followed by a multi-denominational community worship service at Grace E.C. Church at 9:30. Pastor Les Cool said his service would focus on ".he part that God wants to play in our personal and corporate transition from 2012 to 2013, from where we are to where we might be, from who we are to what we might become." The Rev. Tom Webber of Akron Church of the Brethren will assist with the service.
In conjunction with the midnight shoe-drop, which honors Akron’s roots in the shoe-making industry, the borough will collect new shoes to be donated to Ephrata Social Services and Peter’s Porch, an outreach ministry of Zion Lutheran Church in Akron.
Shoes can be dropped off now at Zion Lutheran Church or Weiser’s Market, both on Main Street, or at the Akron Borough Hall or Ephrata National Bank Akron branch, both on South 7th Street.
Parking is available at Ten Thousand Villages, Weiser’s Market, Stradling Funeral Home and Grace E.C.C. During the event, Main Street and Playground Alley in the area of the park will be closed to vehicles.