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Today is the first day of summer and Brunswick is celebrating (WITH SCHEDULE)

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    A Ferris wheel and other rides transform the Brunswick High School parking lot into an amusement park midway for the Brunswick Summer Celebration taking place through Sunday at 3553 Center Road.

    ALYSSA ALFANO / GAZETTE

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    Rahmek Tyus, back left, Jordan Tucker, back right, Alexis Boettcher, front right, Evan Stickrob, Gustavo Mangus and Alyssa Smith get some tasty treats at the Brunswick Summer Celebration on the high school campus, 3553 Center Road.

    ALYSSA ALFANO / GAZETTE

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    The Brunswick Summer Celebration hosts a wide variety of fair food favorites such as gyros, barbecue, elephant ears and funnel cakes and fried Oreos to delight visitors to this year’s Brunswick Summer Celebration taking place through Sunday on the high school campus, 3553 Center Road.

    ALYSSA ALFANO / GAZETTE

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Brunswick Summer Celebration schedule

Today is Irish Day, featuring food from Sully’s Irish Pub in Medina; hours are 5-11p.m.
  • 5 p.m., rides open, midway
  • 6 p.m., beer garden open
  • 6 p.m., The Porter Sharks, Tri-C Stage
  • 7 p.m., dodgeball, near beer garden
  • 7 p.m., The Porter Sharks, Tri-C Stage
  • 7:45 p.m., Brady Campbell School of Irish Dance, Tri-C Stage
  • 8:30 p.m., The New Barleycorn, Tri-C Stage
  • 9:30 p.m., The New Barleycorn, Tri-C Stage
  • 10:30 p.m., poker chip daily drawing, information booth
  • 11 p.m., festival closes

Saturday is German Oktoberfest Day featuring food from Der Braumeister Restaurant in Cleveland; hours are 1-11 p.m.

  • 8 a.m., soccer tournaments, high school fields
  • 1 p.m., rides open, midway
  • 2 p.m., Summer Celebration Pageant, Tri-C Stage
  • 5 p.m., basketball toss, main midway
  • 6 p.m., beer garden opens
  • 6-9 p.m., Closest to the Pin, football practice field
  • 7 p.m., children’s tractor pull, midway
  • 7 p.m., Die Gottscheer Blaskapelle, Tri-C Stage
  • 10:30 p.m., poker chip daily drawing, information booth
  • 11 p.m., festival closes

Sunday is Latino Day,
hours are 1-8 p.m.

  • 1 p.m., rides open, midway
  • 2 p.m., grand parade, Center Road
  • 4 p.m., Latin Jazz Players, Tri-C Stage
  • 4 p.m., beer garden opens
  • 4:45 p.m., parade awards, Tri-C Stage
  • 5 p.m., Latin Jazz Players, Tri-C Stage
  • 5 p.m., cutest baby photo winner announced, information booth
  • 6 p.m., Latin Jazz Players, Tri-C Stage
  • 6 p.m., poker chip grand prize drawing, information booth
  • 7 p.m., bike drawings, information booth
  • 8 p.m., festival closes.

BRUNSWICK –– The sights, sounds and smells of summer are taking over the city for a few days as the 39th annual Brunswick Summer Celebration is underway at the high school.

While Thursday’s rain dampened the mood, Wednesday’s kickoff included the smell of fried dough in the air and the sounds of laughter. LED lights from the amusement rides set up on the high school campus could be seen from blocks away. This year, each day of the family-friendly festival will highlight a different ethnic group.

Opening day was American Day and Thursday was Italian Day.

There also will be Irish, German Oktoberfest and Latino days.

It’s the little bit of everything approach that was the hope of Brunswick Councilman Brian Ousley.

“I was at a convention down in Sandusky and it just hit me,” said Ousley, one of the directors for the Brunswick Summer Celebration.

“They have the (Italian-American Festival) in Akron and they have (Latino festivals), they have Irish Fest, why can’t we do that? So, I brought it to the committee and we talked about it.”

The result is a five-day celebration filled with traditional fair foods and other delectable treats, fun attractions and nightly entertainment with nods to the celebrated ethnic group.

“I don’t think the Brunswick community really, fully understands the scope of the entertainment that we bring in,” said Kevin Schemeich, another Summer Celebration director.

“We go all over the state of Ohio and beyond looking for really top-notch stuff.”

Wednesday evening started out hot and sunny but quickly turned cloudy and cool but that did not stop Brunswick residents from coming out.

“I love the rides,” said Makayla Fleshman, who was there with her sister and mom.

“There’s big fun, rides, even though they aren’t the regular kind. They still make it fun for everyone.”

“I think the fair food is the best,” added Paiton Fleshman.

“It’s a lot better than regular food.”

The group enjoyed french fries at a picnic table near some of the food stands as they talked.

“I’ve been coming since I was kid when it was the Old-Fashioned Days. I haven’t brought them since they were little,” said Jeanette Fleshman, a mom of two.

“But I love it,” said Makayla, standing on the bench.

The festival at 3553 Center Road opens each evening at

5 p.m. Admission is free before 7 p.m.

After 7 p.m. it’s $3 for adults and children older than two.

Tickets for rides are $1 each. Most kids’ rides require three tickets and adult rides require four tickets.

Free parking is available at Towslee Elementary School.

For more information, visit www.summer-celebration.com.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.
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