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Clay Community Festival is this weekend

— If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, look no further than Clay Central Park.

From 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the park on Wetzel Road, the town will host its fourth annual Clay Community Festival. The event includes a variety of family-friendly activities, including a bounce house, disc golf demonstrations, a talent show and more.

The town’s parks and recreation department started the festival in 2010 at the request of Supervisor Damian Ulatowski, who had seen similar events in Cicero and North Syracuse and wanted to launch one in Clay. Parks Director Wayne Morris was eager to comply.

“To me, doing these kinds of things offers families a chance to get together and go out and have fun as a family,” Morris said. “It’s another opportunity to get the family in the car and go do something together.”

This year, the festival will kick off with the first-annual Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk, which includes a 5K run/walk for adults, a one-mile fun walk and a couple of events for kids, including the Dash for Dad. The event is sponsored by Associated Medical Professionals and aims to raise awareness about prostate cancer, as well as fundraise for research into the disease.

Morris said the organizers of the race contacted him and asked if the town would be willing to host the event.

“We’ve never done a road race before,” Morris said. “But it seemed to fit with the festival. It’s obviously a good cause.”

The race will start at 9 a.m.

After the race, the usual festivities will be available to participants:

Classic car and bike show

The ever-popular Penny Carnival for kids

Talent show

Disc golf demonstration

Petting zoo

Child ID cards from the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department

Equipment and safety demonstrations from the Clay Fire Department

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