NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio — Because the COVID-19 pandemic expanded this summer season, North Ridgeville metropolis officers stepped up and made a promise to residents that there would, certainly, be fireworks in 2020.
Final night time, Sept. 6, they made good on that promise.
On a balmy night time at Victory Park on Victory Lane, after a beautiful sundown, a wonderful fireworks present lit up the night time and capped off a household “Discipline and Fireworks” day that included a hearth present, a magician and household actions scattered across the park’s acreage.
The Victory Grille equipped loads of meals and drinks, and Broadview Heights’ Rick Smith supplied a magic present. Smith, who began honing his craft at age 7, has change into a profitable magician (even an look on the Jay Leno present) and was completely happy to return out for the occasion co-sponsored by the town to profit Group Care.
Joe Borkey, managing accomplice and one of many house owners of Victory Park Ohio, now in its 10th season, mentioned, “This was a rocking finish of a summer season discipline day celebrating the Labor Day vacation, and it helped increase cash for the native charity, North Ridgeville’s Group Care.
“This occasion was constructed round making a household environment so everybody may expertise and make the most of the facilities the park has to supply, together with particular household picnic packages just like the Ballfield BBQ bundle or the Nice American Picnic bundle,” he mentioned.
Victory Park is a 60-acre sports activities and leisure facility with eight ballfields and 7 multi-purpose fields designed for lots of particular occasions all through the summer season — together with wrestling occasions, concert events, superheroes appearances and even the world’s largest bounce home.
Tony Ballachino is the operations director. He spoke of dealing with the challenges through the pandemic.
“We adjust to the rules and prerequisites, like masks, and test in with the (Lorain County) Well being Division each week, to ensure we’re complying,” he mentioned.
Additionally as a part of the family-friendly occasion, The Ohio Burn Unit placed on a torch and fireplace present that undoubtedly happy the viewers. The performers are “world document holders and work on among the high Hollywood films, TV, commercials, music movies, reside leisure, and stunts and particular results all around the world,” in line with their web site data.
They took possibilities of their fireplace efficiency that clearly wowed the viewers.
Justin and Equipment Evcic reside in North Ridgeville with their son, Mason. They regarded like they have been having a good time. Equipment probably mentioned all of it: “It’s been numerous enjoyable, rather a lot to do. Very family-oriented enjoyable — and good meals.”
Mayor Kevin Corcoran remarked: “We’re proud of the success of yesterday’s occasion and our partnership with Victory Sports activities Park to deliver some positivity to the residents of North Ridgeville. We’re grateful for the help of the group and proud that the final word beneficiary is Group Care. We’re hopeful we are able to construct on this success sooner or later.”
However it was a smiling, pleasant Bob Ellis, a five-year worker from Elyria, who gave the very best testimonial to Victory Park. Ellis was overseeing the car parking zone, ensuring all people went the place they wanted to go — and didn’t go the place they shouldn’t.
Since his retirement, he mentioned he likes working at Victory Park “as a result of there’s all the time one thing taking place and everybody right here is actual good. Everybody will get alongside. It’s like a household.”
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