A wet but wonderful day at the Middlefield Summer Fest
Everyone tried really hard to not let the rain damper their day of fun at the 2013 Summer Fest held in Middlefield, Ohio on July 27. The morning started out cool and dry for the 5k run, then drops of rain settled in, leading up to a monsoon hitting late in the afternoon. By 6:00 p.m. dry weather was back with lots of sunshine, but unfortunately by this time, most of the vendors had already packed things up and most of the people had gone home.
Starting with Ma & Pa’s hand dipped ice cream, I made my way around visiting with as many vendors as I could in between the raindrops. I hope you get the chance to visit Ma & Pa’s Gift Shack located on Route 422 in picturesque Parkman, Ohio. Besides the gift shop, they offer buggy rides, hay, or sleigh rides, depending on the season. Visit their website for all hours of operation or call (440)548-5521 with any questions you might have.
Along my stroll, I came across booths set up for Tastefully Simple, John’s Country Mower, Middlefield Banking Company, Kiwanis, Middlefield Chamber of Commerce, Great Day Child Care Learning Center, Laleure Vineyards, Crossroads Country Café, Middlefield Cheese Co-op, and US Bank, the ladies from Living Well Massotherapy were giving back rubs, and Care Corp. was giving away water bottles, your choice with or without water, and sweet smelling Amish kettle corn that was wood fired and selling for $2.00 a small bag or $4.00 for a large one.
Most of the businesses that set up booths had a prize basket being raffled off along with lots and lots of free giveaways. Your choices included key chains, pencils, pens, tattoos, Frisbees, food samples, and lots of candy and suckers.
Rick’s Flavored Breads was on hand with a variety to choose from. I purchased one of the small loaves of poppy seed for $5.00. It took my family a matter of hours to consume this really delicious bread. In speaking with Rick, I found out he travels to quite a few events during the year, and you can still catch him at the Middlefield Trunk Sale on August 3 at Harrington Square Mall off Route 87 behind McDonalds from 9 a.m – 1 p.m., the Great Geauga County Fair over Labor Day weekend, and The Grape Jamboree September 28 and 29. Visit his website for other events and times and see some of what he offers, including Slovenian Potica Nut, the bread his grandmother made and began his business with. If you can’t make it to an event, you can contact Rick via email email@example.com or phone (440)286-1331 to set up an order. I will be visiting Rick at the Geauga County Fair and be making many future purchases myself.
The Boy Scout Troop 197 from Burton, Ohio was on hand selling beef sticks for $1.00, and their scoutmaster took the time to show me a scrapbook filled with current and past members and past events. I was informed of one very special event coming up on Sunday, September 8 at the Chickagami Park Pavilion at 17957 Tavern Rd., Parkman, Ohio from 2 – 6 p.m. This event is the family introduction potluck and court of honor. The Troop will supply hot dogs and bug juice; you bring a dish to pass. This event is a great way for everyone to see what Boy Scouts is all about, and you’re invited to attend.
Avon and Tupperware have been around for years, and thanks to Shirley Hardesty for Avon and Robin Binion for Tupperware, their booth was packed with specials for the day. They were showing off their new product line and some of your favorite oldies. Contact Shirley at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Robin online. They will be more than happy to assist you with your needs.
The food court had just the right variety of foods, drinks, and treats from ice cream to corn dogs, pizza, French fries, cheese on a stick, lemonade, pop, and coffee. If you were lucky enough, you got a one-time treat from CoCo Beans Café, a new business in Middlefield that was serving up some of their homemade cupcakes. I got a double chocolate fudge with pink frosting – very yummy! CoCo’s is located in the plaza on Route 608 just prior to the Middlefield Fire Station.
The best decorated booth for the Summer Fest, in my opinion, goes to The Middlefield Banking Company. Their booth was fully decked out in a Hawaiian theme, and they offered up a game of corn hole to win a prize, along with their many freebies. The ladies were eager to say hello and answer any questions one might have on banking. I loved their raffle, which was a huge cooler filled with everything one needs to have a picnic. Great job Kristina and Melissa!
There was a lot to see and do despite the weather. The one o’clock parade continued as planned with Roy Rogers Jr. as the Grand Parade Marshal. Other parade entries included the Middlefield Library, local scout troops, antique cars, local businesses, Ronald McDonald fun mobile, and so much more. There were rocket rides, a dunk tank where profits benefited the Shop with a Cop program, inflatables, balloon animals made for the children, and the Grand Finale of Fireworks.
This year’s Middlefield Summer Fest didn’t have the most favorable kind of weather for walking around in, but it did offer everyone a chance to get out and have fun for the day. I had a great time and I saw smiles on faces, little girls with blue tongues, couples dancing together, friends and families visiting, laughing, and lots and lots of smiles. Thanks to the Fireworks Show, this Summer Fest went out with a successful Bang!
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