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It's like having summer fun all wrapped up in just under two weeks.
Ice cream ... pancakes ... golf ... a race ... and last but not least -- A Fourth of July Parade.
It's that time of year again for the kick-off of Stow Pride Festival 2017.
This year's events begin with the Chamber of Commerce's annual Golf Outing on June 23 and end with the Fourth of July Parade's "A Salute to Veterans.."
In today's issue, you will find a special section detailing all the events of Stow Pride Festival.
Joining the regular events of the festival this year will be dedication of the Stewart Schoolhouse, also known as the Old Schoolhouse. The Stow Historical Society will host the dedication on July 2 at 2 p.m. in the Heritage Park Reserve area of Silver Springs Park off Young Road. The Society will also have all of the historical houses open for walk-in tours, beginning at noon through 4 p.m., except during the dedication ceremony.
The Stow Parks and Recreation Department will have a few children's activities during the event and an ice cream social will be provided by the Stow Historical Society.
For the golfing enthusiasts, the Chamber of Commerce will host its annual golf outing on June 23 and Fox Den Golf Course will have its Mid-Week Mulligan on June 28 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., with 50 percent off greens fees.
And what would taste better on a summer's evening than ice cream and root beer floats, all offered at Ice Cream Extreme on June 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the First Christian Church of Stow on the corner of Darrow and Kent roads.
The Stow Symphony Orchestra will have its Summer Concert on July 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Tallmadge Alliance Church, 1155 East Ave., Tallmadge. Popular, classic and patriotic music will be performed, including its traditional salute to the Armed Forces.
The Friends of the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library will have a one-day book sale on June 27 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The library will host its Patron Appreciation Day on June 29 all day, featuring a jazz concert, facepainting, free ice cream, games and more. Curious about what the city of Stow looked like years ago? Join local history librarian Beth Daugherty as she gives a walking tour of the area immediately surrounding the library.
Learn about beekeeping in the afternoon and bring the kids to a petting zoo in the evening.
Community and business members will be honored June 28 at the Chamber of Commerce's annual Pride Community Breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Acker-Moore VFW Post. The Business Person of the Year, the Volunteer of the Year and the Friend of the Community awards will be announced that morning.
And no Pride Festival would be complete without its annual Fourth of July events. Start off the morning with the Stow Firecracker Run -- a 3K Fun Run and a 4-mile race starting at Holy Family School at 7:30 a.m.
Hungry after your run? Then take your appetite over to the First Christian Church in Stow for the traditional Pride Pancake Breakfast served from 7 to 10 a.m.
And once you're full of pancakes and sausage, find your seat along Kent Road (Route 59) to watch the marching of the Stow Fourth of July Parade, sponsored by Fun in Stow (the city's parks and recreation department) and the Kiwanis Club of Stow-Munroe Falls starting at 10 a.m.
Tens of thousands will line the parade route to watch the marching bands, floats, fire trucks and vehicles of all kinds. The theme for 2016 is "Salute to Our Veterans" and more than 110 units are expected to participate.
Stow Pride Festival is a longstanding tradition and one area residents shouldn't miss.