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Waiting for the shoe to drop
The 2014 Shoe-In runs from 8 p.m. when the street hockey tournament begins until just after midnight at the borough’s Broad Street Park.
Beginning at 9:30 p.m. this year’s event again features free food, a DJ spinning tunes, a bonfire and a hayride. A giant, lighted shoe will drop as the last seconds of 2013 tick away coming to rest back on the ground at exactly midnight.
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 fire officials with an engine on hand, a DJ playing family-friendly music to add to the celebration. Good’s Disposal Service and Ephrata National Bank are once again the event sponsors.
As the giant shoe is brought out of storage and prepared for the midnight drop, McMinn and McBeth are expecting good weather.
McBeth was contacted for comment on the forecasted weather for this year and said, “Accu-Weather is predicting great weather for this year’s event. I am expecting clear skies and temperatures just below freezing. That’s perfect weather for us! If it is a little cooler, the crowd around the bonfire will be a little larger. We may have some snow after daybreak on New Year’s Day but nothing that will affect the Shoe-In.”
“It’s is just really neat to see the town’s people come together to welcome in the New Year. It is even more special to have all of the out of town people join us. That’s what makes this a great event year after year,” the mayor added.
In conjunction with the midnight shoe-drop, which honors Akron’s heritage as a shoe manufacturing town, 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.