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The 17th annual Kent Heritage Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 7 in downtown Kent. About 130 vendors and businesses will participate in the festival with about 25,000 visitors expected.


The festival will feature the first annual Kent Heritage Festival Car Show, which will take place on College Street.


The AMETEK Tree City 5K run that benefits the United Way of Portage County also will take place at 7 p.m. beginning at the Dix Stadium, ending with fireworks in downtown Kent at 10 p.m.


The race raises funds for more than 40 health and human service programs in the community. Kent State University is one of several sponsors of this year’s race.


“The Tree City 5K continues to grow in popularity every year, attracting top runners throughout the country,” says Steve Kleiber, president and CEO of the United Way of Portage County. “Funds raised during the event transform lives in the community and help make Portage County a better and healthier place to live and work.”


The Tree City 5K race goes along a scenic, point-to-point course that begins at the Kent State University Dix Stadium, runs through the Kent Campus and ends in the city of Kent.


Runners can pre-register for the race online until June 29 by visiting: www.active.com/running/kent-oh/ametek-tree-city-5k-for-united-way-2012


Interested participants can also register in person on July 5 from 5-7 p.m. at 157 Lounge, 157 Water St., in downtown Kent, or on July 6 from 4-8 p.m. at the Kent Dairy Queen, 1443 South Water St.


Pre-registration both online and in person costs $20. Runners can also register on the day of the race for $25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kent Dairy Queen or from 6-6:45 p.m. at race check-in.


Check-in on race day will take place from 6-6:45 p.m. at Dix Stadium. The race will begin at 7 p.m., and the race course will close at 8 p.m. Awards will be given to the top three male and female runners overall, and prizes will be given for runners in different age groups.


An after party, sponsored by Yuengling Light, will take place at the 157 Lounge in downtown Kent.


Crafters and food vendors will line Main, North and South Water, and Erie Streets, and three stages will be set up throughout downtown to provide all-day entertainment. There will be activities for all ages.


The festival is organized by the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and Kent United Service Organizations, which is comprised of the City of Kent, the Kent Licensed Beverage Association, Kent Jaycees, Kent Lions, Kent Junior Mothers, Kent Kiwanis, Kent Rotary Knights of Columbus, and Main Street Kent.


Heritage Fest – 2012 Schedule:


 


 


 


North Water Street Stage


11:00 – 11:45 Summit


12:00 – 12:45 Gypsy Soul Belly Dancers


1:00 – 1:45 The Picardy 3


2:00 – 2:45 Tina Bergmann & Brian Thomas


3:00 – 3:45 Moustache Yourself


4:00 – 4:45 Bee String Band


5:00 – 5:45 The Singular


6:00 – 6:45 The Trunks


7:00 – 7:45 Hive Robbers


South Water Street Stage:


11:00 – 11:45 John Jakes Mose


12:00 – 12:45 HEBGBZ


1:00 – 1:45 Crossfit Band


2:00 – 2:45 Deacons


3:00 – 3:45 Monopoly


4:00 – 4:45 Twist Offs


5:00 – 5:45 Bluestones


6:00 – 6:45 Costley Court


7:00 – 7:45 Jazzkour


Main Stage:


10:00 – 10:30 Franklin School of Dance


10:45 – 11:15 Buckey Dance Academy


11:30 – 12:00 Marcums Martial Arts Academy


12:00 – 12:45 Reed City


1:00 – 1:45 Brad Bolton & Peggy Cole


2:00 – 2:45 Hillbilly Idol


3:00 – 3:45 Ashley Brooke Toussant


4:00 – 5:00 Hendectet Jazz Collective


5:30 – 6:15 Free Spirit Cloggers


6:30 – 7:30 Noize from the Basement


7:30 – 8:00 Announcements / Awards


8:00 – 8:45 Mark Angelo Comedy in Hi Def


9:15 – 11:00 Jersey Tribute & Fireworks


For more information visit the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce website at: http://www.kentbiz.com/


For more information about the race, including parking and shuttle information, the full schedule of events, the course map and more, please visit www.treecityrace.com.


For more information about the United Way of Portage County, please visit www.uwportage.org.