Bringing in the bands: Rossford Council buys stage for celebrations


ROSSFORD — With several celebrations on the horizon, council gave approval for the purchase of a portable stage and coordination of a concert in conjunction with the 125th city anniversary.

Mayor Neil MacKinnon III said that the 125th anniversary of the city and 100th anniversary of the school district are reasons to celebrate.

“We’re going to have multiple events, from May to the end of July, and June 16th and 17th we would like to do a music festival, which would consist of a beer garden, food trucks and other activities for families. But to do that, we are behind the 8-ball, when it comes to booking the food trucks and music acts,” MacKinnon said.

Council President Caroline Zuchowski-Eckel asked that there be a polka band included on the musical roster.

“I’m down with that. I just assumed that there would be one,” MacKinnon said.

On a 6-0 vote of council at Monday’s meeting, the purchase of a mobile municipal stage from Great Lakes Stage Company was approved, for $62,700.

“I thought that this was a great compromise for our improvements to Ford Memorial Park. It’s a portable stage that you can put professional acts on,“ MacKinnon said. “It also doesn’t disrupt the gazebo and the memorial bricks that are around the gazebo. I think it’s a great purchase.”

MacKinnon suggested that it could be used for the Stroll the Streets.

The 2022 GLS 2416 Huron mobile stage has an integrated light bar, flybay kit and banner kit. It is built on a trailer platform with sides and a roof that fold out to a 24 foot by 16 foot stage.

Both votes were passed with second and third readings suspended, and on emergency, for immediate adoption.

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