Honor the fallen this Memorial Day by enjoying events in the communities our brave soldiers fought to preserve.
Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off
Pig out at Berea’s 21st annual rib competition where more than a dozen rib vendors compete for best ribs, sauce and more. Just don’t get too stuffed to enjoy carnival rides, live music and games. “When you think of Memorial Day you think of family,” says Candyce Traci, public relations manager. “And that’s what we are — a family picnic.” $5. May 24-27, Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 19201 E. Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, 440-234-5181, berearib.com
Blossom Time Festival
The Whiskey Hollow, Jack Fords and Chardon Polka Band, along with a dozen more of Cleveland’s most talented musicians, provide the soundtrack for the Chagrin Valley Jaycees’ annual carnival. The event includes a 5.25-mile road race, hot air balloons and patriotic parade from Chagrin Falls High School to the center of town. “[For] the 175th anniversary of Chagrin Falls, we’re throwing it back to the people and founders,” says Jeff Poprick, chairman. Free. May 24 & 25, Riverside Park, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-1004, cvjs.org/blossom-time
Veterans Honor Run
Lace up your running shoes for a good cause. This half-half-marathon, 5K and 1-miler wind through Kopf Family Park to raise proceeds for veterans charities Nine Line Foundation and the local Valor Home. “Everyone in this race is running in someone’s honor who passed away serving our country,” says Jay Toole, race director and the Runiversity
owner. $25-$35, May 26, Avon Lake High School, 175 Avon Belden Road, Avon Lake, 216-870-4902, veteranshonorrun.org