Summer in the Sheffields – A lot of family friendly fun

RUN FOR THE ARTS – Sheffield Village annual 5K Run for the Arts will be held this year on Saturday, Aug. 26 Pictured here are participants from last year’s race. (Press photo, Michele Murphy)

By Michele Murphy

Sheffield Lake-Sheffield Village – Plans are well underway for the return of a number of activities in both Sheffield Lake and Sheffield Village throughout the summer sure to please those from 6 to 66, and beyond.

Headline events include Sheffield Lake’s Community Days, July 13-16, and Sheffield Village’s Run for the Arts and Evening in Support of the Arts on August 28.

Sheffield Lake Community Days is a multiday festival including several special features. A carnival opens at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at Shoreway Shopping Center, 4128 Lake Road, at the intersection of Lake and Breezeway. Live entertainment is featured each day at the carnival. The carnival runs from 6-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, hours are 4-11 p.m.

A parade is planned for Wednesday, July 13. It starts at 7 p.m., making its way from Joyce Hanks Community Center, 4575 Lake Road, to Shoreway Shopping Center. Those interested in taking part in the parade can contact Kathy Kovach at (440) 949 8426 or email her at Deadline to enter the parade is June 25.

Fireworks are scheduled for Friday, July 15, around 9:30 p.m. The fireworks will be set off from the city’s boat launch. Services Superintendent Pat Hastings said, while the launch area is closed for safety reasons, residents will be able to see the display from across the street at Shoreway Shopping Center and other nearby locations.

A cardboard boat regatta is scheduled for Saturday, July 16. Two-person teams will create and race a boat completely made of cardboard and Duck Tape. There is a $25 entry fee. Racers are invited to walk in the parade on Wednesday with their boats. Prizes will be awarded to the top competitors for most dramatic sinking and most spirit. The race will be held at the city’s boat launch. For details, contact Tom Hicks at (440) 320-7099 or by email at

Community Days is planned and sponsored by the Community Civic Council, with Councilman Steve Kovach playing a leading role again this year.

On Saturday, Aug. 5, the local Knights of Columbus Father Ragon Council holds its annual fundraiser by bringing a circus to Shoreway Shopping Center for performances at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at a number of local businesses. See their website for details,

Planning for Sheffield Lake’s 3rd Annual Triatholon is underway. Hastings reports the date is not yet set. He added that the city is in talks with a private entity to host a weekly classic car show on Thursday evenings at Shoreway. He said the group also plans to have a DJ provide music. Dates and hours are still being hammered out.

Hastings also reported that improvements to the city’s ten parks are drawing an increased number of residents to them for organized play, free play or picnics. The new observation deck at Shell Cove Park on Lake Rd. is completed. It is situated between the stunning Brookside High School Alumni Memorial and a picnic playground area and overlooks Lake Erie.

Covered pavilions, grills, playground equipment and basketball hoops have been added to several parks. In addition, Ferndale Park has installed ramps for skateboarding and bikes.

Sheffield Village will host its annual 5K Run for the Arts on Saturday, Aug. 26. The race, which also includes a 1K walk, kicks off at 10 a.m. at Brookside High School, 1662 Harris Road, Sheffield Village. Prior to the starting gun, a ceremony honoring local veterans is held with Mayor John Hunter officiating. Fee is $20 which includes a race T-shirt and goody bag as well as refreshments at the end of the race. Same-day registration opens at 9 a.m ., or preregistration can be done online at

Later that day, Art After Dark, a celebration featuring live music, fine art, hors d’oeuvres, craft beer and wine, begins at 6:30 pm at True North Cultural Arts, French Creek Nature Center, 4530 Colorado Ave. (St. Rte. 611), Sheffield Village. Tickets are $20.

Increasingly popular pickle ball is being played weekly at the village’s James Day Park. Contact Mark Cizl for details at

Kayakers and paddle sports enthusiasts can contact Lorain County Kayaks and Paddle Sports Group – – to learn about access points around Lorain County, including Sheffield Village. The group also shares regulations about kayak registration and safety requirements.





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