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June 19 - June 22
Celebrate the Cuyahoga River’s revival with the Xtinguish Torch Fest: four days of events along 100 miles of water marking the 50th anniversary of the June 22, 1969, fire that sparked a national environmental movement.
Check out all the events:
Native American Water Blessing
Headwaters Park, Geauga Park District
1 p.m. June 19
Ceremonial blessings and Native American drums by the Lake Erie Native American Council shall honor the region for which the “Cuyahoga” (translated as Crooked River) was named. The event will also include a celebration of Juneteenth, marking black emancipation and honoring African Culture through libation ceremonies and drum circles.
Main Street Kent
4 p.m. June 20
A ‘Passing of the Torch’ ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in Riveredge Park and include an unveiling of a commemorative relief.
11 a.m. June 21
Enjoy a free hot dog lunch, live music, games and educational stations at Water Works Park, 2025 Munroe Falls Avenue, Cuyahoga Fall, OH 44221.
Then join the community for a downtown concert, with food and drinks, at 6 p.m. on the banks of the Cuyahoga.
10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 21
Formerly dubbed the Blue Heron Homecoming, Cascade Valley Metro Park in the Summit Metro Parks includes free rain barrels, free trees, fishing and kayaking demonstrations, live music, free lunch and walking tours of the Gorge dam. Hands-on activities will help guests understand the importance of water quality.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
4 p.m. June 21
This stop of the passing of the torch will be rich in history, present efforts regionally, and will be host to numerous dignitaries.
Blazing Paddles Race
1 p.m. June 22
Share the River presents the second annual Blazing Paddles, a 5.7-mile standup paddleboard race, canoe & kayak celebration on the river.
The event will also serve as the official dedication of the river as a Ohio Department of Natural Resources Water Trail.