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Festive crowd greets Fairlawn fireworks’ return

7/7/2011 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Krista Galloway
FAIRLAWN — The rockets’ red glare returned to Fairlawn this year to mark Independence Day. Crowds gathered at Bicentennial Park and on the streets surrounding it July 3 to see the city’s fireworks display. Some of the pyrotechnics are shown at right as they appear over the park while the Brass Band of the Western Reserve plays.

Last year, the city canceled its annual display and July 4 parade as a way to cut costs. As a result, the Fairlawn Community Foundation was created to raise money for events such as the fireworks show. Organization members Derrick Ransom, Steve and Angie Matesevac and Bill Lowery are pictured at left top, from left, as they staff a booth at the event.

Shown at left bottom are Marilyn Sacy, of Copley, who served in the U.S. Army, and Elaine Snyder, of Canton, who served in U.S. Navy, while they stood during the band’s presentation to honor those who served in various military branches.

Fairlawn Parks and Recreation Director Laurie Beisecker reported that big crowds attended both city events.

“We were really impressed,” she said of the July 3 activities. “The park was just as full as it always has been. People were so appreciative that the event was back.”

She added that police officers said the parade, which the Fairlawn Area Chamber of Commerce paid for this year, attracted a bigger crowd than in years past.

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