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Softball, dunking booth, Strolling Downtown, fireworks
Riverfest offers family-friendly fun
The band LiquorBox will perform in the beer garden Saturday evening during Riverfest. Band members are Brad Hamilton, Ron Zuchowski of Rossford, Ron Wood and Marty Horvath. Photo by John Bauer
A day filled with fun for the whole family is coming this Saturday, August 23, with Rossford Riverfest.
Co-ed softball, dodgeball, a basketball shoot out, a dunking booth with local celebrities, live music and fireworks are planned.
The annual end-of-summer celebration in Veterans Memorial Park is organized by the City of Rossford recreation department and Rossford Business Association.
“The Rossford parks and recreation department is offering a variety of events and activities as part of Riverfest,” said Ivan Kovacevic, parks and recreation director, who is co-chairing the event with RBA Treasurer Cindi Selz.
Children’s activities will be offered from 4 to 8 p.m. including inflatables, face painting, carnival games and open dodgeball.
Food vendors will be selling hot dogs, barbecued items, pizza, French fries, kettle corn, ice cream and more.
A dunking booth will feature local celebrities. The schedule is Police Chief Glenn Goss, 5:30 to 6 p.m.; Brian Vorst, RHS teacher and basketball coach, 6 to 6:30 p.m.; Police Officer Jodi Johnson, 6:30 to 7 p.m.; Bev Bellas, school board member, 7 to 7:30 p.m.; Mayor Neil MacKinnon III, 7:30 to 8 p.m.; Mike Krieger, RHS teacher and Rossford Record Journal sports writer, 8 to 8:30 p.m.; Pat Murtha, RHS assistant principal, 8:30 to 9 p.m.
A beer garden will be offered from 7 to 11 p.m. with live music by LiquorBox, featuring Rossford native Ron Zuchowski. Admission is $1 to this area, and proceeds will go to the RBA scholarship fund for local high school students. This area is limited to age 21 and older.
The Safe Communities of Wood County Coalition is offering free rides home to Rossford and Perrysburg Township residents who would rather not risk driving while intoxicated. Call 419-819-5315 for a ride.
Fireworks at dark will conclude the Riverfest activities.
Parking is available at Eagle Point Elementary, and Rossford High School if needed, with a free shuttle provided to Veterans Park.
The co-ed softball tournament will take place on Friday evening and Saturday, August 22 and 23.
Registration fee is $140 per team, and all players must be at least 18 years old. At least four men and four women must be on the field at any given time. Rosters may have between 10 to 15 players.
New this year is the first dodgeball tournament, which is free to enter. Teams of five to 10 people will be divided by age groups, 7 to 9 years, 10 to 13 years, 14 to 17 years, and 18 years and older.
Preregister at the Rossford Recreation Center or walk-up registration the day of the event is accepted.
Registration and open play begins at 4 p.m. with the tournament at 5 p.m.
The Recreation Center also is hosting a three-point shoot out.
“Entry into the contest is $3 and guaranteed to be a lot of fun,” Mr. Kovacevic said.
The preliminary round will be held at the recreation center and finals in front of a live audience at Riverfest.
The winner of each age and gender group is guaranteed a prize.
More information on all these activities is available by calling 419-666-2905 or visiting the Riverfest page under the special events tab on the City of Rossford parks and recreation department website at www.rossfordrecreation.com.
“Strolling Downtown” is a great way to start Rossford Riverfest, and it will take place from noon to 3 p.m. this Saturday, August 23.
Area residents are invited to participate in the Rossford Beautification Committee’s event to visit local businesses and help raise funds for landscaping in the downtown business district.
Participants will register from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rossford Community Recreation Center, where they will receive a map of the business district.
For a $2 donation to the RBC (children accompanied by parents are free), they will then visit participating businesses, where their maps will be validated.
The map will direct them to the final stop, the Edward Ford Memorial Park, where they will be entered in a raffle.
The raffle will be held at the end of the event for those who have participated in the walk. There are a number of prizes donated by local businesses.
A free kids raffle also will take place at the Edward Ford Memorial, and children need not be present to win.
The first 100 people to register for the walk will receive a bottled water and a ticket for a free hot dog at the Rossford United Methodist Church ice cream social, which is being held in the church parking lot from noon to 3 p.m.
There will be hot dogs, ice cream, cake, cookies, and drinks. The RBC also will provide face painting for a donation.
The Rossford fire station, always a popular stop for children, will be open during the day.
For more information, call Kathy Kornasiewicz at 419-725-2244 or by email at kjko email@example.com.
The RBA coordinated fund-raising efforts for the event, including the fireworks, and donations now total $8,775.
“The RBA is excited to have our largest fireworks show ever. Thanks to the generosity of our members, a few Rossford citizens and sponsorship from the city, we will reach our fund-raising goal,” RBA President Brenda Schwind said.
Levels of business sponsorship are: Stars & Stripes–$1,000, Red–$500, White–$250, Blue–$100.
To date, the following donors have contributed:
Stars & Stripes–Meijer
Welch Publishing/Rossford Record
Red–Rossford Convention & Visitors Bureau
Electro Prime Group
White–Cornerstone Community Financial
Heban, Sommer & Murphree
Edward Jones/Justin Knierim
Doug Miller/Fraser, Clemens, Martin & Miller
Spitler Huffman Law
Boilermakers Local 85
Sujkowski Funeral Home
Miller Younker Group
Richard DeVaul Tax Service
Drs. Henry and Kristin Green, DPM
Blue–Hampton Inn & Suites; Quality Family Eyecare, Inc.; John Folcik; Cardinal Staffing; Drs. Zouhary & Fisher, DDS; Educare Academy; Genoa Bank; Smithers Insurance /Nationwide; Safeguard Business Printing; Java Sensations; Country Lane BBQ;
Deb and Ed Ciecka; Pete and Sally Rabquer; Suzi and Ted Hahn; Penta Career Center; Kingston Residence of Perrysburg; Law Office of Tom Mackin; Dan Creps family; Pastor Chuck and Jeri Campbell; Krall Space; Athena Career Academy; John, Sue, Sarah and Jason Kittle; Shubie’s Ice Cream and Grill; Sylvia and Dick Goeke; Moe’s Place; Rust & Rust; Larry’s Auto.
The Journal office in Perrysburg now has the following new hours of operation:
Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rossford lies at the heart of the Crossroads of America, an area experiencing tremendous economic growth, located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike. The city's population of approximately 6,000 is primarily a mix of descendants of Polish, Czechoslovakian, German and Ukrainian workers who came from Pennsylvania to work at the glass plant, now Pilkington.
Rossford was incorporated as a village in 1939 and as a city in 1971. The City is a municipal corporation which operates under its own charter and is governed by a mayor and seven-member City Council. Rossford is served by full-time police and part-time fire departments, dispatched from the neighboring Village of Walbridge.
The City maintains a Community Recreation Center and three parks, one of which,Veterans Memorial Park, features a seasonal marina along with picnic areas and diamonds and courts for baseball, tennis, basketball and volleyball.
Rossford has three elementary schools, Glenwood, Indian Hills and Eagle Point, a junior high and high school and All Saints parochial school for grades pre-kindergarten through eight.
The city boasts a public library and many service and community organizations such as the Rossford Business Association, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Its Rossford Community Service League sponsors annual activities such as a Valentine's Day Dance, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Memorial Day parades and their Christmas tree lighting.
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