Happenin’ harborfront

If you were out and about this weekend along the shores of Lake Erie, the city of Dunkirk was buzzing with activity. With the four-day holiday weekend past, the city’s Common Council Economic Development Committee looked back on its success Monday.

The holiday festivities kicked off on Thursday with Music at the Pier, which was held in Memorial Park. Steve Neratko, director of planning and development, said Thursday’s Music at the Pier was one of the “better attended events” of the weekend. Dunkirk Mayor Anthony J. Dolce said the weekend was fantastic – mostly in part due to larger crowds and great weather.

“We were extremely pleased with how the weekend turned out weather-wise and crowds were fantastic,” Dolce said.

Music of Dirty Deeds, an AC/DC tribute band, filled Memorial Park which Recreation Program Coordinator Tim Gornikiewicz described as a “packed crowd.” That crowd would continue into Friday’s activities for the Fourth of July. Vendors filled Memorial Park to celebrate the red, white and blue which concluded with an almost 40-minute fireworks display. Prior to the economic development committee meeting, Neratko said people were lined up on Central Avenue all the way to Fourth Street to watch the fireworks display.

“In talking briefly with the police chief (David Ortolano), there were no issues at all,” said Gornikiewicz. “Every year it gets more and more people. It was one of the best years they’ve ever had.”

Superheroes took over the city pier on Saturday for the annual Wreck & Roll Festival. Teams competed in a build-your-own-boat race – for which Dolce said attendance was down this year -while children and their families were able to visit the kids’ zone. According to Gornikiewicz, there was “nonstop” activity at the kids zone throughout the afternoon. Closing out that evening was a wrestling match in the park presented by Maximum Force Wrestling, which had a good turnout, and music by Beatle-tribute band Hard Days Night.

Closing out the weekend was the Harbor Cruise held at Point Gratiot which drew over 600 cars of all makes and models. Second Ward Councilman William Rivera prior to the economic development meeting said he felt he was in downtown Orlando due to all the cars at Point Gratiot.

“All in all, it was a good weekend,” Gornikiewicz said.

The next festival sponsored by the city’s festival committee will be the Heritage Festival on Saturday, Sept. 13.

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