“Road Closed” signs are popping up again, as they do every spring and summer in Northeast Ohio. These usually result in aggravation for businesses and motorists alike.
But not always.
Not when the reason for the closure is an exciting outdoor festival, which will be happening three times in the next few months in Downtown Willoughby. Here’s our list of “Road Closed” events:
The 19th Annual Willoughby Classic Car Cruise-In will be held on June 21 from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm. This annual event is sponsored by the Willoughby Frontier Days Committee. This group of community volunteers uses the proceeds from the Cruise In to fund academic scholarships for Willoughby students. The event features hundreds of antique and classic cars and trucks and has become one of the most popular shows in Greater Cleveland.
On July 19th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm the Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce will hold its ArtsFest in Downtown Willoughby. Now in its 23rd year, the ArtsFest will feature over 125 artists. There will also be entertainment and a variety of food services. The show usually welcomes over 10,000 people to the downtown area.
In May of 1960, the TV show The Twighlight Zone aired an episode titled “A Stop at Willoughby.” It is about an advertising executive in a big city who is tired of his miserable job and wife. He starts dreaming on the train each night about an old, idyllic town called Willoughby. Soon he has to know whether the town is real and fancies the thought of seeking refuge there.
This TV show was part of the inspiration that prompted the Heart of Willoughby to host its Last Stop Willoughby festival. The event will take place again this year on August 16th from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm. Many events, trolley rides, activities for kids, etc will be held at Point Park and surrounding areas. The annual parade (kids, bring your bags for the candy) will be held in the afternoon. This is always a great time.
You can get information on all of the events taking place this summer in Willoughby at www.willoughbyohio.com/events. It truly is shaping up to be a great year for us.
Have a great month.