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  • Rock the Docks coming this weekend

  • Things will be rocking July 6-8 in Springfield Township and the village of Lakemore. It is time for the annual Rock the Docks Festival.

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  • Things will be rocking July 6-8 in Springfield Township and the village of Lakemore. It is time for the annual Rock the Docks Festival. 
    The festival began five years ago through the cooperative efforts of the two communities and plenty of volunteers. The event is presented by the Springfield Lakemore Festival Committee (SLFC) and is organized by representatives from the township and the village.
    Each year thousands come to Rock the Docks on the shores of Springfield Lake. With activities on both the north and the south shores, there is plenty to do.
    Visitors can enjoy pontoon boat rides on the lake and later, fireworks over the lake, not to mention the annual boat regatta. Members of the Three Rivers Outboard Racing Association (TRORA) come annually from different states and Canada to race around the lake. Racers said it is one of their favorite places to race because the lake is beautiful and they are always welcomed by the community.
    The regatta can best be viewed on the south side of the lake (Lakemore), where the race is announced and the boats go in and out of the water.
    The boats will be on display at the festival.
    There will be music at the Vince Mealy Bicentennial Gazebo all three days. Bands include Xtra Crispy, Wanda Hunt, Freez R Burn, Johnnycake Hollow, Greased Lightening and Swizzle Stick.
    With plenty of amusement rides, games, prizes, face painting, crafts, inflatables and the firehouse, children will have plenty to do every day. Outback Ray will also have his animals in the big tent on Saturday and Sunday.
    This year Wayside Furniture is sponsoring the fireworks display on at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, which can be seen from both sides of the lake.
    Festival goers will find a cornhole tournament and inflatables on the south side of the lake, as well as the hamster ball and more.
    Children ages 10 and under will not want to miss the coloring contest. Portage Lakes Career Center student Emma Bonfiglio created the design for the contest, which can be printed from the event's website or picked up at the volunteer booth at the festival. The winner will receive a gift card from Target and their family will get to watch the fireworks from a pontoon boat on the lake.
    Cindy Michael, SLFC, said that this year the group will be selling Rock the Docks T-shirts for the first time, provided by T’s and Things, located in Tri-County Plaza. The graphic for the new shirts was created by PLCC graphic design student Shelby Chizmar.
    “We want this event to promote the Springfield/Lakemore community and we've tried to engage as many businesses and organizations as possible,” Michael said.
    With plenty of festival food, no one will go home hungry. Michael said that many of the vendors from last year are returning, along with some new faces.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Volunteer Auxiliary Springfield Police (VASP) will have volunteers at the dunking booth Saturday morning, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons the Springfield cheerleaders will take over.
    “The event volunteers also include community leaders, residents and National Honor Society students from Springfield High School,” Michael said.
    The hours for the festival are 5 to 11 p.m. July 6; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 7 and  noon  to 5 p.m. July 8.
    There will be free on-site parking at the festival at Gala Commons on the north side of St. Rt. 224 and at Tri-County Plaza. A shuttle service will be provided from Gala Commons and the plaza, 7-11:30 p.m. Friday and 1p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
    For more information, visit www.rockthedocks.info or call 330-794-1739.