Newton Falls – This past weekend the main street of Newton Falls was blocked off for the first of many much-anticipated summer events. The Annual Car Show, celebrating its 25th year, parked hundreds of shiny vehicles smack in the middle of the town’s business district and invited attendees to cruise and peruse the glossy, glittery and sometimes even quirky automobiles while radio tunes reminiscent of the eras represented played on the warm, summery air. Over a hundred equally shiny trophies were awarded in various categories ranging from general groups to class specific.Traditionally coinciding with the Car Show, the First Christian Church held their Strawberry Festival, tempting show-goers to take a break for a treat of shortcake with ice cream and, of course, scrumptious strawberries. Amusement offerings and assorted snacks were available from various vendors to make the experience suit most any expectation.Proceeds from Saturday’s Car Show and Sunday’s Bike Show will help fund the Fourth of July festivities quickly approaching next weekend. The parade is set to start at 10am on Monday, the Fourth, with the carnival and other entertainment activities at the park by the Community Center throughout the afternoon. The Independence Day celebration will conclude with fireworks at 10pm. Throughout the rest of July, more music will waft through downtown as the Summer Concert Series strikes a chord in the gazebo near the waterfall. Look for exact times and scheduled acts posted soon.Starting off August with a bang for your buck, the Newton Falls Community-Wide Yard Sale is August 5th, 6th, and 7th. In its 4th year, the Yard Sale planning is under a new committee and it’s sure to be the best year ever! Residents interested in participating by having a sale that weekend need to either check out the Facebook page by the same name or contact Linda Nord at 330-872-7788 for information. Registration forms have been available in recent issues of The Villager, or are posted in several area businesses and are due no later than July 22nd. Don’t be late – it’s going to be great!Though you’ll probably shop ‘til you drop, save some energy for the rest of August’s activities and plan ahead to attend the 2nd Annual Arts in the Park fest, a creative outlet held on both sides of the waterfall later in the month. The festival encourages hands-on arts to “do” not just “view” and provides many different ways to express one’s imaginative side. The end of August will see another event in its second year as the squad members of the Newton Falls Joint Fire District attempt to take the softball trophy – and bragging rights – from the Newton Falls Police Department in the 2nd Annual Battle for the City. This year the spectator stands are open to the public and donations will be accepted to benefit the USO. The first pitch is scheduled for Saturday, August 27th at 4pm with a rain out day of September 4th. So save the date and come support your favorite first-responders as they take to the field!