Are you ready for a fun weekend of putting work aside and just relaxing and having fun at the 137th Annual North Royalton Community Festival? Well, we are ready, too, and soon, on August 25, 26, and 27, the Community Festival will be held on the City Green at the corner of Ridge and Royalton Roads. Hours are 6-11 p.m. on Friday; noon-11 p.m. on Saturday; and noon – 9 p.m. on Sunday, followed by Fireworks.
Entertainment is lined up at the gazebo stage for the enjoyment of visitors all weekend long. Friday night’s entertainment will kick off with the very popular teen band, “SOS” followed by “Medusa” and ending with DJ music. Saturday evening will present “Sinners” and “Parlonos,” followed by “The Brian Papesh Party Band.” “Eddie and the Edsels,” will be back for for Sunday evening’s musical enjoyment. Entertainment sponsors are Southwest General, Gross Residential, and Royalton Recorder.
Come join us all three days and try the yummy festival foods! We have a wide assortment of tempting foods that will be available for every taste. Ethnic as well as American dishes will tickle your taste buds. Enjoy an authentic Greek gyro and hummus with pita chips, or a tasty Italian sausage sandwich, hotdogs, French fries, corn dogs, fried veggies, cheese on a stick, ice cream, and the list goes on. For dessert, a funnel cake, deep fried Oreo or elephant ear is a must, and, of course, on a hot day a cup of freshly-squeezed lemonade to quench your thirst or maybe a flavored shaved ice. These are just a few of the food offerings you’ll find at the festival. Come and try something different every day. The Hospitality Tent is a great place to enjoy your meal while watching the live entertainment at the gazebo stage.
There will be Exhibitor tents with area businesses and civic organizations, so stop by, visit their tables and learn about the products and services they offer. Club members will be happy to share the projects their groups are working on to help our community.
The Festival Parade is always a fun part of the Community Festival and this year will be no exception. It will include vehicles, dance groups, and, CERT members will be along the parade route keeping a watchful eye. The Festival Parade is sponsored by the Tri-C Western Campus.
Fireworks will be the grand finale of the festival on Sunday evening. The show will begin at dusk. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, have something to eat, and listen to the music. Before you know it, the fantastic fireworks display will begin.
This program has been prepared as a guide, so keep it handy for easy reference. It is the official complete event guide for the community festival. Please patronize the businesses that have advertised in this program in support of our Community Festival.
The North Royalton Chamber of Commerce is proud to organize and sponsor this special annual event for the community. It takes months of planning and coordinating by the Chamber of Commerce, city officials, police and fire departments, and volunteers, to make this weekend run smoothly. We love to see our residents come together for a fun weekend with friends and family. It is the best way to spend one of the final weekends of summer. Come and enjoy the 137th annual Community Festival, with the live entertainment, rides, games, food, parade and fireworks. Come join us with your family and friends at the City Green on August 25-27 for the 137th Annual North Royalton Community Festival.
Come prepared to ride, eat and dance to the music
Music makes you happy. It conjures up memories of the past. The North Royalton Community Festival will include live entertainment at the gazebo stage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including some well-known names and some new additions. Come for dinner, then sit back and take in the sights and sounds of the bands. There is a big selection of music and entertainment planned for each day of the festival, from young bands for teens and young adults, to seasoned bands who offer our more mature residents music to remember the good old days.
We have three very talented teen bands performing in this year’s festival on Friday and Saturday evenings.
“SOS” includes Nate NUK Woznuk on drums; Evan Gordo Gorman on Vocals: Nick Parionos on lead guitar and Lorenzo WAP on bass guitar. They are a high energy band that writes mostly originals. They entered the High School Rock Off in 2023 to great fanfare.
“Sinners” includes musicians, Holden Szalek on drums; Brian Aberth on Vocals: Adrian Sikula on guitar and Skip Szalek on bass. Sinners mainly focusses on songs by Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Alex Harvey and Stone Temple Pilots. It’s been said many times that Lead vocalist Brian Aberth vocally nails all the songs he sings.
“ParIonos” is the ultimate in Progressive Rock. The band performs songs by Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson, and is anchored by the epic guitar virtuoso, Nick Parionos. Bass player is Lorenzo WAP; drummer, Nate NUK Woznuk, and keyboardist, Finn Rath. The band is expected to be one of the finalists in the High School Rock Off.
The headline entertainment for Friday evening is “Medusa.” Get ready to be blown away by the fierce and fearless sounds of the ultimate all-girl rock & roll band hailing from the heart of Cleveland. The four-piece powerhouse group includes lead vocalist Jessica Horvat, (Lounge Kitty) percussionist Kim Campbell, and guitarist Kathy Shadley, (Queen Bees & Sealed with a Kiss, aka SWAK) and Bassist Hannah Crandall (TRUSS). Among these four women having more than 100 years of combined musical experience, it’s easy to see how all four play in multiple bands in Cleveland. Together they are a force to be reckoned with, playing some of the best rock tunes of all time. Whether you’re there to dance, or just to listen, prepare to be swept away by the electrifying sounds of “Medusa.”
“The Brian Papesh Party Band” takes the stage on Saturday evening as our headliner. “The Brian Papesh Party Band” has been performing in the Cleveland and surrounding areas since the 1980s. This is a seasoned group of professional musicians that performs a great mix of party music that audiences like to dance and sing along with. The band can easily switch from playing Rock n Roll to Country, Motown and dynamic sounding Polkas as well as many other genres.
Locally based magician Rick Smith Jr. will mezmerize you on Sunday from 4:45-5:30 p.m. He has performed on many national platforms, including America’s Got Talent, Ellen, and Shark Tank. At present he performs for national corporations around the country, and also performs shows for private audiences. Smith and holds various Guinness Works records. “Eddie and the Edsels” take the stage for Sunday evening’s entertainment. Band members are Bill Morris (guitar, and vocals), Tristan Morris (drums, guitar, vocals), Tom Kenopka (drums), and Nancy Sias (vocals and saxophone). Bill Morris was once the guitarist for “Dave C. and the Sharptones.” “Eddie and the Edsels” sing all your rock ’n roll favorites. With two Las Vegas style shows and a huge repertoire of songs, they have performed shows at the Palace and State Theatres. “Eddie & the Edsels” will perform Sunday evening at the Gazebo stage.
In addition to all the bands, there will be a variety of other groups performing, including local dance companies, singers, and more. The Academy of Irish Dance Company has been the only Irish dance school to ever bring back World Champion winning team titles in Columbus and Cleveland Irish dance history! Check the schedule of events for all entertainment and times. Come every day and enjoy it all.
Sincere thanks to the entertainment sponsors who make it possible to provide the festival entertainment:
Southwest General Health Center is an award-winning, full-service hospital located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1920, the Health Center is proud to have served local communities for more than 100 years and looks forward to continuing its deep commitment to providing personalized care and building a healthy future for the patients, families and communities it serves. Southwest General offers a full range of health care services located close to home. These include cancer care, behavioral health, emergency care, women’s health, orthopedics, pain management, gastroenterology, surgery, therapy services (physical, occupational, speech), wound care, heart and vascular care, neuroscience services and more. Providing the best possible patient experience is always top of mind for Southwest General, which also boasts nationally recognized physicians and the newest technologies, including robot-assisted surgery. For additional information, visit swgeneral.com or find Southwest General on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Building a successful reputation and fine craftsmanship has been a hallmark of Gross Residential since 1916. Their commitment to overall quality, design excellence and customer satisfaction has remained their foundation. Gary and Harley Gross, along with their children, Sarah Zimmerman and Aaron Gross, continue to put the company’s 100+ years of solid experience to work.
Gross Residential has produced many fine communities in Cuyahoga, Lake, Medina and Summit counties. The family’s legacy of dedication to quality, value and satisfaction continues in all of their communities. Gross Residential is a valued part our community and sets a great example of giving back. Gross Residential is an entertainment sponsor of the Community Festival.
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