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Town Center at center of weekend entertainment

Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer The Town Center at Firestone Farms

COLUMBIANA — A major push will be underway this weekend during the second annual Summerfest to raise money for the Harvey S. Firestone park project.

The event at the Town Center at Firestone Farms is organized by Firestone Homestead LLC each year and geared toward family friendly fun and entertainment.

Summerfest 2018 will begin at 5 p.m. Friday and run through 10 that evening. It will also be held from 5-10 p.m. Saturday.

“Our main thing is we are really hoping to do a great job of raising money for the park restoration project,” Firestone Homestead LLC president Tom Mackall said.

The fundraising efforts consist of a silent auction of 10 historical barn paintings by Robert Kroeger, which are already on display at the Homestead Kitchen and Cocktails restaurant at the Town Center, and the sale of several fine art prints that are replicas of the digitized mural on display in the Main Street Common in Columbiana’s downtown business district.

Mackall said there will also be other giving opportunities available during the event for those interested in donating for certain phases of the extensive park project spearheaded by the Columbiana Restoration and Beautification Committee.

Some new additions at the Town Center include a brand new bocce court near the clock tower and the expansion of the Homestead restaurant’s liquor permit that allows for drinks to be served in the fenced-in area near the clock tower, Mackall said.

He added that children will be able to play bocce, and there will be additional games for children as well during the event.

“We have a lot of fun things kids can do and a lot of fun things with the parents, too. We are hoping for a really big event where we can help the Firestone Park in their endeavors to raise money,” he said.

Live musical entertainment for Friday will be John Reese and the Backbeat Band from 7-9 p.m.

Jimmy and the Soul Blazers, who played for last year’s event, will return to play on Saturday from 7-9 p.m. with the Yankee Gray Band scheduled for 5-7 p.m.

Food can be purchased at Homestead Kitchen and Cocktails and Smoke Worx Street Cuisine and Kick’n Chicken food trucks.

Summerfest will be held rain or shine.

Mackall said work at Town Center is moving along, with the replica of the Harvey S. Firestone homestead progressing and the near completion of a new brewery.

Crews are working to install windows and add shingles to the homestead.

“It’s really cool. It’s really coming along,” he said.

Once completed, the homestead will feature two escape rooms, a physical adventure game in which players solve puzzles to get out of a locked room.

He said the new brewery, owned by Gary and Jacqueline Shell, will be called Vagabond Brewing Co., and should be open for business in about a month.

The Shells also own Diletto Winery in Canfield.

Vagabond will also serve simple food and have an area for outdoor seating.

“We are trying to add more entertainment options to draw people out to what we have going on at Firestone Farms,” Mackall said.

kwhite@mojonews.com

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