EUCLID, Ohio — The seventh annual East 200th Street Stroll takes place in Euclid Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the street festival, which stretches from I-90 to Lakeshore Boulevard, is free.
Sherrie Zagorc, founder of the event and chairperson of the East 200th Street Stroll Committee, explains, “there are so many things that Euclid offers and I just want to showcase all those great things and keep it vibrant.”
The event helps to promote area businesses and organizations while also offering plenty of fun activities for visitors. A $2 ride bracelet provides patrons unlimited transportation up and down East 200th Street aboard Lolly the Trolley, as well as rides on the Euclid Beach Rocket and Thriller cars. The bracelets can be purchased at one of several festival information booths.
Music echoes throughout East 200th Street during the event. The Chardon Polka Band performs at Home Depot, 877 E. 200th St. The White House Jazz Band keeps things swinging at T & T Barber Shop, 520 E. 200th St. The Suburbanaires bring their barbershop music to Kristy’s Tavern and Restaurant, 434 E. 200th St. Our Lady of the Lake Parish, at the corner of East 200th and Lakeshore Boulevard, also hosts bands, including the Polka Pirates. The Joe Mayer Orchestra and another polka act round out the musical offerings.
Zagorc says a primary purpose of the event is to provide exposure for community and nonprofit organizations. Euclid-based Rose-Mary Center, the Cleveland Foodbank, Euclid’s Mary Mavec Opportunity School, the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, an adoption group and the YMCA are just a few of the dozens of nonprofits that will be represented at the festival.
For the past several weeks, the East 200th Street Stroll Committee has been working to promote area establishments with a “name-that-business” contest. Each Friday, the festival mascot, “Rosie,” a troll doll with vibrant pink hair, is photographed in some small nook of an East 200th Street establishment. The photo is then posted to Facebook and the person who correctly identifies the business wins four ride bracelets for the event.
Children attending Saturday’s affair will enjoy not only rides and a festive atmosphere, but also games at “Kiddie City.” Zagorc, a former Mentor Public School teacher, established Kiddie City at the corner of East 200th Street and Wilmore Avenue. The daycare provides a rewarding learning environment for Euclid area children from six weeks to six years.
Festival patrons need not go hungry. Area restaurants will be offering food and drink specials throughout the event.
Zagorc has been a Euclid resident since 1981. Her first community-oriented endeavor involved East 200th Street’s many tree “islands.” Zagorc and other volunteers removed tall weeds and then replaced them with Stella D’Oro daylilies. As part of the process, Zagorc solicited financial assistance from businesses along the pedestrian-friendly street, thereby learning firsthand about area businesses and their concerns.
For further information about the East 200th Street Stroll, contact Zagorc at 216-798-7089.
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