The crazy cousins are coming! The crazy cousins are coming! On the off chance you have not heard, Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver has invited his 83,000 Facebook followers (fondly known as his "crazy cousins") to join in our annual Brimfest celebration, which begins Sept. 19 and runs through Sept. 22. That is a lot of bodies, especially considering it is about eight times Brimfield's population.
It's beginning to sound like the Brimfield version of Woodstock. Sponsored by the Brimfield Area Chamber of Commerce, this year's event promises to be the biggest and best yet. Though the activities and contests are too many to list in this space, the complete schedule and contest entry forms can be found at www.brimfieldchamber.com.
There is sure to be a long line at the "meet and greet" table on Sept. 21 when Chief Oliver's new book is being released for the first time.
According to Oliver, "'No Mopes Allowed' is a 'greatest hits' collection of rants and babbles, action reports (think Mopes vs. Meth Whisperer), letters to criminals and more. Our hits may not be quite as great as Elvis's, but we did gather some classic BPD moments, and Elvis, John Wayne, Andy Griffith and Gunsmoke may be mentioned."
The book also includes a lot of Facebook posts from the early days before there were 83,000 followers.
There are also photos of the four-legged superheroes and Chief's "Top 40 Quotes of the Day." All proceeds will benefit the Chief Oliver Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that distributes funds to Brimfield Police Department charitable programs and assists juvenile survivors of sexual assault.
Young's Printing will be selling "No Mopes" merchandise, with a portion of the sales to be donated to the Field School Security Program.
The K-9 Officers will sponsor a "Dogs for Dogs" booth on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with proceeds benefiting the K-9 program. The police department will also sponsor a raffle basket of prizes that have been generously donated by area businesses to benefit the D.A.R.E. Shop with a Cop program.
Brimfest would not be complete without the presence of the Brimfield Fire Department. The smoke trailer will be available to teach children (and parents) about fire safety, and a vehicle extrication (jaws of life) demonstration will take place on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The Firefighters Union will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets. Of course, the fire department is always open for tours and blood pressure checks.
The "Operation: Never Forget" Brimfest Parade on Sept. 21 may parallel the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. It will certainly be more meaningful as we honor our veterans, especially those who served during the Vietnam War and who never received the welcome home that they deserved.
Tissues would be appropriate items to pass out along the parade route, especially before the two buses of veterans patients from the Louis B. Stokes VA Hospital in Brecksville roll by behind a motorcycle enclave.
Those who have motorcycles are invited to meet at the Brecksville hospital at 7:15 a.m. where the escort will depart at 7:45 a.m. The Brimfest parade will kick off at 10 a.m. from Karg Industrial Parkway, travel east on Tallmadge Road, north on Pembroke Road, ending on Kelso Drive.
The Brimfield Crushers Baseball Team, along with the Field Ladies Basketball Team and the Ohio Chapter of the "Missing in America Project," have teamed up to host a float in the Brimfest Parade and would like to use the opportunity to provide valuable help to families in our community who are in need.
Parade spectators are asked to bring a nonperishable food product or a personal care item to donate. Items will be collected along the parade route and placed on the float. The Brimfield Community Cupboard will distribute the goods to needy families.
On the opening day of the Brimfest (Sept. 19), from 4 to 7 p.m., the Brimfield Chamber is sponsoring a Brimfest Recycling Event in the Brimfield Plaza near the Circle K gas station.
The NeoShred truck will be available to shred up to five large grocery bags of confidential papers per person. Habitat for Humanity will be there to collect good usable Latex paint. (No rusted cans please.)
The Portage County Recycling Center will be accepting old computers and electronic equipment. (No televisions will be accepted.) Also, don't forget about the grand fireworks on the Saturday evening of the Brimfest.
The Field High School Parent Teacher Student Association would appreciate your support from noon to 8 p.m. on Sept. 23 at "Spirit Night" at Beef O' Brady's. A portion of all food sales will be donated to their organization.
Mark your calendars for the annual Falcon Academy Holiday Bazaar which will be held at the Academy from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 7. Vendors and artisans interested in reserving a space can contact Lisa Monk at email@example.com.
Last, but certainly not least, it is disturbing that the risk for hunger is present in one out of every four Ohio children. "Feed Ohio" is a statewide initiative to feed those in need.
Visit www.ohiofoodbanks.org/feedohio.php to learn more. This is an opportunity where a lot of people doing just a little can make a big difference.
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