PHOTOSTREAM: Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018

With summer festivals week after week in one or (usually) more than one of our region’s cool neighborhoods each weekend, the Lakewood Summer Meltdown, now in its 9th year, has distinguished itself as the one that celebrates the heat like no other. One of LakewoodAlive’s signature events, the 2018 version was well organized and fun for all.

Title sponsor Melt Bar and Grilled honcho Matt Fish was on hand with smiles (and coupons) for everyone!

The “Water Moose” sprinkler park, designed by culture maven and Lakewood resident Michael Gill, connects to a fire hydrant and gives kids free reign to cool off right in the middle of Detroit Avenue.

A slight reprieve from the blistering sun pleased the hundreds gathering in the Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden, entertained by Front Porch Lights doing a 60/40 split of originals and favorites.

The 5K and 1 mile runs attracted a healthy crew of runners and their supporters. Beat Cycles raffled off a couple of brand new bicycles, and a sk8board park sponsored by West Side Skates provided plenty of thrills (and more than a few spills).

More than 10K people came out onto the streets to celebrate the middle of summer. There’s a good reason LakewoodAlive’s Ian Andrews is smiling so broadly. Bravo!

Photos by Thomas Mulready. View the PHOTOSTREAM here.

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