The first Fairview Park Family Summerfest was held at Bohlken Park over 20 years ago, in 1992, and to this day is still held at Bohlken Park (on W.210th Street behind Westgate Shopping Plaza). This multi-day fun-filled weekend was initiated to provide an opportunity for churches, schools, clubs, and organizations to introduce themselves to the community and to raise funds for their individual projects. The festival has grown over the years to include activities such as the parade, carnival rides, spaghetti dinner, dog parade, and fireworks display.
Summerfest is hosted and funded by a non-profit organization, the Fairview Park Municipal Foundation. A committee, made up of dedicated volunteers, ensure this multi-day festival is carefully planned with many family friendly fun-filled activities.
The funds for Summerfest are generated by business sponsorships and personal donations, and from the small profit generated by carnival ride ticket sales and vendor booth rentals. Festival expenses include entertainment; fireworks; table, chair, and tent rentals; safety and service personnel; and restroom supplies.
The Fairview Park Summerfest was founded in 1992 by Norm Bringman, Bill Minek, Jeanine Minek, and Richard Dunson. It built upon the historical Candy Parade.
Summerfest is now one of the largest public events in the area drawing attendees from many neighboring cities and is second in size only to the Cuyahoga County Fair in Berea.
For more information on The City of Fairview Park, please visit the City Website.