Carnival kicks off Community Days

Mark your calendars for July 20-23. That’s when Community Days returns. Headlining this year’s four-day festival is a Carnival, brought by Primetime Carnivals of Florida.

Community Days is sponsored through the efforts of the city’s Community Civic Council, headed by Councilman Steve Kovach. Kovach had been on a mission for three years to secure a vendor that could provide rides for kids and adults, food and games of chance. Primetime provides the rides for the Ohio State Fair and smaller locations, including Fairview Park.

Kovach and his wife, Kathy, have organized Community Days for decades are pleased to have additional support this year from volunteers Amy McFall, Toni Shanahan and Amanda Herrett. He said their group would welcome additional volunteers.

Another new feature this year is a city-wide yard sale which will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Here is the schedule as of June 13:

Thursday, July 20

6-11 p.m. Carnival opens

Primtime Carnival, a new vendor, will have about a dozen rides, some for kids, others for kids accompanied by an adult or adults. They also provide popular carnival games of chance and food like fried oreos, popcorn, cotton candy and more. Local vendors will also be on site bringing the total of food/beverage options to a dozen.

7 p.m. Annual Community Days Parade

Sixty units are expected to march from Joyce Hanks Community Center, 4575 Lake Road, to Shoreway Shopping Center, 4128 Lake Road. Local safety forces as well as other law enforcement agencies lead the parade. Other crowd favorites include Brookside High School’s Marching Band, Shriners’ clown cars, elected officials and youth sports teams, throwing candy to kids who lining the street to view the passing parade.

Friday, July 21

6-11 p.m. Carnival continues

at dark: Fireworks

The city will sponsor a fireworks display at the Boat Launch across the street from Shoreway Shopping Center.

Saturday, July 22

9 a.m.-1 p.m. City-wide Yard Sale

Between 1-3:30 p.m., the city will provide dumpsters at the service garage on Richilieu to dispose of items that did not sell. Another area will be set aside for donations to Goodwill.

Note: residents are asked to place their items into dumpsters themselves as there will be limited assistance only for large, heavy items. Nothing flammable, including paint, can be accepted. Tires also not accepted.

Time TBD: Cruise-in

check out cool cars during the day

Time TBD: Cornhole Tournament

Details for these events, which will be at Shoreway Shopping Center, are still being firmed up

4-11 p.m. Carnival continues

Plans are still being firmed up for entertainment Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, July 23

4-11 p.m. Carnival continues. Last day of event.

Interested in marching in parade? Contact Kovach at or Toni Shanahan

Interested in volunteering to help? Contact Kovach or Amy McFall

Visit the Civic Council’s Facebook page for updates: