SPRINGFIELD TWP. It was a race to the finish as the Sugardale Hot Dog Mascots - Ketchup, Mustard and Onion - came around the corner, running as fast as they could to win the race at Wayside Furniture on May 5.
Wayside partnered with the Cleveland Indians for the event which celebrated the Indians' American League Baseball record 22 game winning streak last season, and to help kick off the 2018 season. Wayside Marketing Director Patty Horner said more than 250 people joined in the fun as guests received free Indians T-shirts, hot dogs, chips and drinks. Sugardale provided the hot dogs and buns for the event.
Kids received autographs from Ketchup, Mustard and Onion, took pictures and played games. They also made signs to cheer on their favorite racer between Ketchup, Mustard or Onion.
Guests had a chance to choose who they thought would win the race and those choosing the winner, Ketchup, received a $100 gift certificate toward a future purchase at Wayside. All others received a $50 gift certificate toward a purchase at the store.
The event was held at Wayside’s Red Brick Amish Shop and Café parking lot on Canton Road.
Patrick DiBiasio with the Cleveland Indians corporate partnership office said this was the first time the team has done something with Wayside Furniture, adding it was fun.
Horner said a lot of pictures were taken and the kids made signs to cheer on their favorite Hot Dog during the race.
The race of the Sugardale condiments is over but Wayside Furniture has many upcoming events for the public throughout the year. On May 23, the Wayside Café will donate 100 percent of all Café food sales from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as it hosts the Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day fundraiser in remembrance of Anna Marie Ferrato.
John Ferrato, president of Wayside, is the son of Blaise and Anna Marie (both deceased). John and three siblings work at Wayside: Linda Ferrato works in Accounts Receivable, Marianne Ferrato runs the Wayside Cafe and Joe Ferrato runs the Red Brick Amish Shop, which is where customers can have custom designed furniture made. Wayside Furniture has been in business for more than 80 years and family owned and operated.
Horner said Wayside is a big community-oriented business and that they have a lot of free and community events throughout the year and complimentary cookies and beverages are available to customers daily.
Other summer events include:
June 17: Free admission to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for all fathers.
June 21: 100 percent of Wayside Furniture Café food sales from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day fundraiser in remembrance of Anna Marie Ferrato.
July 13: Kent Blues Fest free live blues acts throughout downtown Kent.
Every Thursday June 8 to Aug. 10: Edgewater Live Concert Series.
Every Friday: Springfield Rocks Concert Series.
Check the website for more events, dates and times at www.wayside-furniture.com.