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  • Docks rock in Springfield, Lakemore

  • The heat of the weekend did not keep participants away from the fifth annual Rock the Docks festival in Springfield Township and the Village of Lakemore.

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  • The heat of the weekend did not keep participants away from the fifth annual Rock the Docks festival in Springfield Township and the Village of Lakemore.
    The event, held on July 6-8, was a hit with all who came to rock the docks.
    Thousands of attendees of all ages found plenty to do during the free three-day festival.
    The annual boat regatta held on the south shore of Springfield Lake saw many members of the Three Rivers Outboard Racing Association (TRORA) flying fast around the lake.
    Spectators cheered on their favorite racer. Race participants came from several states and Canada to take part in the event.
    Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Michael said that even with the extreme heat, the festival was an absolute success.
    “Attendance was definitely down on Saturday afternoon but as the sun began to set the community came out in droves,” she said. “The music was incredible and our fireworks display was absolutely amazing. Hands down the best we've ever had. Our goal each year is to top the one before and we definitely accomplished that.”
    Outback Ray entertained the kids with his animal show. He has shared his reptiles at the Cleveland Zoo, been on TV and has trained animals for commercials. Children had a chance to touch and hold many of the exotic animals as Outback Ray gave facts about each.
    The level of competition was high at the corn hole tournaments held on the south shore while others were enjoying the amusement rides, vendors, food and making crafts on the north shore.
    In the evening, pontoon rides were given around the lake.
    On Saturday night, fireworks were sponsored by Wayside Furniture.
    A dunking booth sponsored by Quick Clean Car and Pet Wash was a popular attraction. With the weekend’s heatwave, there was no problem getting volunteers to step up and take a turn to be dunked. Volunteers included cheerleaders and members of the Volunteer Auxiliary Springfield Police (VASP).
    The Rock the Docks Festival is somewhat unique because it is hosted by two communities.
    The event is presented by the Springfield Lakemore Festival Committee, which was formed in 2003 beginning with the Community Days event, which grew into into the current Rock the Docks Festival. It is organized by representatives from both the township and the village.
    VASP Coordinator Linda Denton said that 14 members of the volunteer group put in at least 323 hours during the event, including parking cars, 50/50 sales, lake patrol, dunking booth and many other duties.
    “When you consider the heat we had the same amount of people come out as last year,” said Lakemore Mayor Rick Justice. “We had more activity on the Lakemore side this year. We are trying to bring more activity back to this side. Our ice cream shop did a great business over the weekend. The fireworks show was spectacular.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Michael said that every committee member and volunteer would say it was well worth every second of planning and every drop of sweat.