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Akron's Fourth of July Festival underway

2:01 AM, Jul 4, 2003   |    comments
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Lock 3 is rocking and will continue rocking through the weekend. The Fourth of July festival has its roots in the old Ribfest, but it's creating its own new identity. The new stage, Lock 3 Live, provides more green space downtown for the red, white, and blue celebration. There's a greater variety of food, but the longest lines were still for the ribs. "It's the thing to do," said rib-eater Jennifer Picsth. "It's hot out, you gotta eat some ribs." Traditional crowds are still downtown, but the carnival rides aren't which may bring a different crowd. "It is family-friendly," said Victoria Reynolds of Lock 3 Live. "We haven't had that before in downtown Akron. What Lock 3 Live has done is bring people downtown, not just to Lock 3 Live, but for all the other events too." There's still plenty for the adults and vendors expect adults and kids to come in increasing numbers throughout the three-day celebration. "Once they start hearing the music, the streets will start getting crowded and it will start to fill up," said Bridget O'Malley of Harry Buffalo. "It'll be good." The Smithereens are playing Thursday night with 10,000 Maniacs and Steppenwolf playing on Saturday. Fireworks will be Friday night at 9:45 p.m.

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