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Mentor Solidifying Plans For Headlands Beach Fest

The city's big beach bash will be either July 20 or 27

Mentor Solidifying Plans For Headlands Beach Fest

Already missing summer? Well, at least you have a big bash on the to look forward to next year.

That's when the city of Mentor will hold the the first ever Headlands Beach Bash, which will be either July 20 or 27, 2013, and will coincide .

The one-day festival began as an idea for a kite-flying demonstration, said Bob Martin, the director of parks and recreation for Mentor.

However, it soon grew to embrace all things beachy -- kite flying, boating, beach volleyball, sand sculptures, and, of course, food.

The city wants people to enjoy all the assets the beach and lake have to offer so they intend to bring out the canoes, kayaks, paddleboats -- and weather permitting -- sail boats, Martin said.

Spirit of America -- a Mentor-based but national youth boating and water safety program -- will also be on hand to teach kids boat safety.

The festival will also feature some crafters -- but not just any crafters, ones that keep with the event's theme. Visitors will be able to enjoy beach-glass jewelry as well as driftwood and sand sculptures, Martin said.

The Headlands Beach Bash is spearheaded by the city of Mentor, though the state will help with some aspects of the event because the Headlands Beach is a state park.

"They're involved primarily in the capacity that they're providing support servics -- rangers, life guards," Martin said. "We'll have to assist with some of that, as well."

The city expects the event will cost $16,000 to hold. However, Martin said Mentor is hoping to defray the cost to taxpayers by finding sponsors.

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