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Still time to make a float

June 5, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

School is out this week and the summer is beginning. That means the annual Canfield Fourth of July Celebration just weeks away. The parade is still coming together and there is a short amount of time left to enter a float in the annual parade.

"This is the second year we have offered cash prizes," said Fourth of July Committee member Clare Neff. "There are four awards, and the first two, Committee Chair Award and Parade Chair Award are $100 each, the second two are the Patriotic Award and Spirit Award, which are awarded $50 each."

Neff and parade chairperson Enid Maldonado urge anyone considering a float to enter it now. Absolutely no parade entries will be accepted the day of the event. To date, the parade typically sees around eight to 10 floats each year that are eligible for judging

Before the parade start, the morning of July 4 will see the annual Firecracker 4 Mile Race take place. It will kick off with the kid's race at 8:15 a.m. around the Village Green. At 8:30 a.m. the adult race will take place. Neff said it will be the usual route.

"The Firecracker 4 mile takes off in front of the Methodist Church at 8:30," she said. "The runners head north on Broad Street, on the East side of the Green and take a left on Sleepy Hollow. They make a slight left on Blueberry Hill, right on Findley, left on North Briarcliff, left onto South Briarcliff, right on Cardinal, across 224 and continuing on Railroad Street, then left onto Newton Street, continuing onto High Street, right on Oak, left onto Kirk Street, left onto South Broad. The runners veer to the left at the Green, finishing in front of the WPA building. Police officers stationed along the way close the roads as runners arrive near each intersection."

On the Green, most of the kids games are set up the afternoon and evening the day before the 4th of July. The bounce-arounds and climbing wall arrive that morning. Free activities besides the games and bounce-arounds include the petting zoo, pony rides and a person making balloon animals.

Food court vendors set up the afternoon of July 3 in the food court (the parking lot between the banks.) The reviewing stand is also placed. In the evening of the 3rd, committee members place markers at the Fairgrounds for entries to line up. Every entry will have an assigned number and the positions at the Fairgrounds will be color coded.

Also after the Parade, Canfield native and recording artist JD Eicher will be performing at the gazebo. Eicher has just returned from a European tour and recently released a new CD. All considered, it will be a great celebration for the entire family.

"It's a tradition we are so proud to carry on," said Maldonado, "The year of preparation is definitely worth it to see so many people enjoy this celebration of our country's independence."

For more information, visit the Canfield Fourth of July Facebook page.



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