Summit County is kicking off a celebration of the completion of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail within the county.
A year-long observance is planned by trail sponsors, but the big day will be July 7, with activities along the trail and a concert in downtown Akron.
Organizers are the city of Akron, Summit County, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Ohio & Erie Canalway, the Cascade Locks Park Association, the Summit County Historical Society, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and Metro Parks, Serving Summit County.
The July 7 events will include the Summit Towpath 2012 Celebration Concert from 6 to 10 p.m. at Lock 3 Park, sponsored by the city of Akron.
The Guthrie Family Reunion with singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie and three daughters, Cathy, Annie and Sarah Lee, plus Sarah Lee’s husband, Johnny Irion, will mark Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday. The opening act will be Hey Mavis.
Visitors to all the July 7 events along the trail will receive free tickets to the concert.
Events that day include;
• A kids’ fun run at 8:30 a.m. at Lock 3 Park. Registration is from 7:30 to 8 a.m.
• Lockheed Martin Towpath Freedom 5-Kilometer Run at 9 a.m at Lock 3 Park. Registration and packet pickup will be from 7 to 8:30 a.m. The run is sponsored by Lockheed Martin and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition.
• Trailhead events from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. along the trail. They will include nature walks, canine hikes, wildlife watching, dressing up in canal costumes, water-quality testing, music, meeting storekeeper Emma Mustill and sampling free ice cream sundaes.
The trail runs 41 miles through Summit County. It is being extended north through Cleveland and south in Tuscarawas County. It is nearly complete in Stark County. To date, 83 of the trail’s 101 miles are complete. Summit County is the first to complete its trail.
For information about the party, call 330-374-5657 or visit www.ohioanderiecanalway.com.