SPRINGFIELD TWP. Looking for something fun, family friendly thing to do the weekend of June 23, 24 and 25? The docks will be rockin' at Springfield's 10th annual Rock the Docks Festival, which takes place lakeside in Springfield Township.
The festival is planned yearly by the Rock the Docks Festival Committee which is made up of residents of the township and the village of Lakemore. The weekend offers plenty of family friendly events, live music, boat rides and more.
If first began with activities on both the north and south shores of Springfield Lake, but due to financial issues in the village, the combined efforts were centralized on the north shore. However, there is the hope, of once again having activities on both shores in the future.
This year, the activities begin with a Children's Birthday party held at the Springfield Fire station in celebration of the festival's 10-year anniversary.
From 7 to 9 p.m., that is when the docks will begin to rock as the band Catalina Drive will open the live music portion of the festival.
Saturday is loaded with fun including a Corsair Model Aircraft demonstration, Home Depot Kids Kraft, zumba, and two bands - Legends Band and Extra Crispy. In addition, from noon to 1 p.m., the popular Outback Ray will be on hand to display his "crawly and slithering creatures." Another popular Saturday event will be the Akron Racers at 3:30 p.m. The Saturday festival activities end with one of the best fireworks displays in the area. Watching the colors explode and glisten over the lake is something to take in for all ages.
Sunday the event begins at noon with Outback Ray and "creatures," Don Disantis Band, ice cream making, petting zoo and much more. Festival visitors that love wings, be ready and hungry, as the annual wing eating contest will be held at 4 p.m. The band Hudson Run tops off the day.
The fun does not stop there as daily ongoing events include free pontoon boat rides around the lake on Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Ongoing attractions include the dunk tank, butterfly tent, beehive observation, face painting, coloring contest, fire engine human foosball and much more.
There will also be carnival rides with 24 tickets for $20. There will also be wristbands available at these prices: Friday all day, $15; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. $12, 5 p.m. to close, $15, all day $20; and Sunday, $15 (bring two canned goods for $3 off wristbands Sunday.)
On Friday and Saturday parking will be free at the Lakemore Plaza on Canton Road south of Route 224 and also at the Gala Commons on Route 224 just west of the festival. Shuttles will run those days to and from the festival. Parking on Sunday will be at Springfield Town Hall area just off Route 224 on Canfield Road.
The event is held rain or shine. The committee asked that attendees pay close attention to purchase times and price changing times for the amusement rides. Due to the ongoing security concerns there will be checkpoints at the entrances.
Festival hours are: Friday from 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.