Tuesday, June 27, 2000

Springdale set for July 4 fest

Event returns after skipping '99

By Mark Schmetzer
Enquirer contributor

        SPRINGDALE — Sharon Casselman is hoping that folks looking for ways to celebrate the Fourth of July haven't forgotten the “Spirit of Springdale.”

        After a one-year hiatus, Springdale's two-day holiday celebration returns Monday and July Fourth at the city's community center on Lawnview Avenue. Besides the traditional rides, food and game booths and parade, the festival features entertainment such as the Princeton Community Band and magician David Hennig.

        The grand finale is a fireworks show by Rozzi's Famous Fireworks at 10 p.m. on Tuesday.

  • What: “Spirit of Springdale” Fourth of July celebration.
  • When: July 3-4, 5 p.m.-midnight.
  • Where: Springdale Community Center, 11999 Lawnview Ave.
  • Directions: Interstate 275 to Exit 41, south on Ohio 4, east on Lawnview Avenue.
  • Schedule: July 3 — 6 p.m., Princeton Community Band; 7 p.m., caricature artist and balloon artist; 7:30 p.m., music by The Chozen; July 4 — 6 p.m., parade; 7 p.m., juggling clowns, magician David Hennig; 7:30 p.m., music by Devona and The Demos; 10 p.m., Rozzi's Famous Fireworks.
        “We skipped last year, because the parks and recreation department was undergoing massive expansion to our current facility, and we as a staff didn't feel that we could host a special event because of the construction,” said Ms. Casselman, whose job description as Springdale's assistant recreation director includes organizing the festival.

        “It's an $8 million project. We felt this year that the construction was at a point where it won't have much of an impact on outdoor activities. We feel like we can pull it off safely and successfully.”

        The Spirit of Springdale was started in 1992 as a three-day, noon-to-midnight event, Ms. Casselman recalled.

        “That was brutal, just brutal,” she said. “We did that for a couple of years, and we made the determination that it was just too hot, and we weren't getting a lot of of people during the day. People were tending to come in the evenings, so we cut it back.”

        The festival will be open 5 p.m. to midnight each day. The parade, featuring grand marshals Mary Lee Tracy, Dominique Moceanu, Alyssa Beckerman and Morgan White of the Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy and United States Olympics gymnastic fame, is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday and travel along Boggs Lane to Northland Road to Kemper Road to Lawnview and end at the community center.

        Springdale expects to attract 10,000 to 15,000 peo ple to the festival, Ms. Casselman said. Since parking at the community center is limited, the city will provide free shuttle bus service along four marked routes.

        The service will start at 4:30 p.m. and continue until 12:30 a.m. both days, with each route covered about twice an hour.

        Buses will not run during the fireworks.

        “The city spends a lot of money putting this event on — a ton of money,” Ms. Casselman said. “The biggest cost is the fireworks and the shuttle bus service. But we just thought that it would be nice to give the community something to do over the holidays.”


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