Brookside poised to kick off summer

BROOKSIDE – Members of the Brookside Park Board are gearing up for the annual Brookside community Summer Kick-Off, slated to get under way on Saturday.

The event will coincide with the National Road Yard Sale that takes place along historic U.S. 40 every summer.

In conjunction, the kick off is having its own concentrated sale with more than 50 sellers signed up to participate.

Businesses along the Brookside stretch of U.S. 40 are getting into the act as well, setting up sidewalk sales and offering great bargains to shoppers.

But this event is more than about finding great deals at a sale. It’s a community-wide event and there will be activities for everyone. That holds especially true for the younger generation.

Park board member Terra Moscato explained there will be inflatable rides set up for kids to bounce around, jump and slide down. Those will be running from 2-6 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. and, in the spirit of community, will be free to use.

There will also be face painting, hair coloring, temporary tattoos and a whole assortment of other fun activities for the younger set.

The Belmont County Animal Rescue League and an equine rescue group will have animals on display for the kids to see.

A welcome center is being erected in the side parking lot of Bridgeport Auto Parts, letting everyone know just what all is available and where to find it courtesy of a map.

The small community of Brookside has around 350 households with just under 1,100 residents.

But Saturday’s fun is not just for Brookside residents but for everyone.

Non-profit organizations are setting up informational booths both at the churches and along the walkway. Everything from church groups to the football team and cheerleaders and other sports’ boosters organizations will be on hand.

Zumba classes and games are being held.

A number of food vendors are slated to appear, featuring everything from ribs and chicken to snow cones and funnel cakes. Everything residents from Brookside and beyond need to get the summer kicked off properly will be available.

And when the sun goes down, there will be an outdoor screening of the family film “Rise of the Guardians” to put a capper on the day’s activities.

Technically, this is the first of what will be an annual kick-off event.

However, two years ago, the Brookside Fire Department held a mini-festival that was well received. After a brief hiatus, the Brookside Park Board decided to get involved and make it a community-wide event. The plan is to hold it yearly during the Saturday of the National Road Yard Sale.

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