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Welcome to the Summer in the City Festival

Thanks to all who helped make the 2015 Middleburg Heights Summer in the City Festival a huge success! A fun time was had by all. A record breaking crowd was on hand to enjoy the car show, huge parade, top-notch entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks show. Photos from the event are posted in our photo gallery. We appreciate your attendance at our hometown festival and look forward to seeing you back in 2016!

Summer in the City Fest Expands to 4 Days


Smith Road between West 130th & Pearl

Wednesday, June 17, 2015: 5:00-11:00 PM
Thursday, June 18, 2015: 5:00-11:00 PM
Friday, June 19, 2015: 5:00-11:00 PM
Saturday, June 20, 2015: NOON-11:00 PM


All concerts are free and open to the public! No tickets required. No cover charge. 

Help BATES Amusement, Inc Celebrate their 50th Anniversary at the 2015 Summer in the City Festival

Bates Amusements2015 will mark the 50th Anniversary season for Bates Brothers Amusement Co. Started in 1965 by brothers Geary and Eric Bates, the combined shows have grown to become the largest provider of portable rides for fairs and festivals in Ohio.

In the early 60’s Geary & Eric Bates worked for Gambill Amusements setting up and operating rides. In 1965 they bought their first ride, a Rock O Plane, to start the newly formed company Bates Brothers Amusement Company. Their second ride, a Round-Up, was purchased two years later. By the beginning of their second decade in business they acquired Gambill Amusements and at that time had fifteen rides to offer fairs and festivals throughout Ohio.

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In 1978 Bates Brothers Amusement Company purchased a brand new ride called Super Loops from Larson Mfg. in Crest City, TX. According to Geary Bates, “Our goal was to acquire new rides every year so we had something fresh to offer our customers each season. The Super Loops was a popular thrill ride and Bates had the first one operating east of the Mississippi River. With a purchase price of $275,000, Eric Bates states that this purchase “was, at the time, the equivalent of buying a Rolls Royce” for their small but growing company.

The 1980’s was a decade of dramatic growth as the number of fairs and festivals under contract continued to increase yearly. In 1989, festival season expanded with the launch of the month-long I-X Indoor Amusement Park in Cleveland, OH. Setting up 51 rides indoors was a new concept in the portable amusement industry, but Bates Brothers were up to the challenge and greatly successful.

Bates AmusementsIn 1992 the business evolved further with the forming of Bates Amusement, Inc. to provide each growing family it’s own business operation to better manage growth. The combined companies of Bates Amusement Inc. and Bates Brothers Amusement Co. now operated four units and over 90 rides making them the largest portable amusement operation in the State of Ohio.

Today the two family businesses focus on providing their customers with quality rides and family friendly customer service at the fairs and festivals they play from March through October. The Bates Brothers rides can be enjoyed at the Summer in the City Festival from June 17-20, 2015.


Middleburg Heights Summer in the City Festival Presale VouchersPresale Vouchers Available STARTING JUNE 1st

Amusement Ride Discount Presale Vouchers for the Middleburg Heights Summer in the City Festival will be available at the Middleburg Heights Community Center (16000 Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, OH). The vouchers, which cost $12, save you $3 off of the regular gate price of $15. To contact the community center, call 440-234-2255. The presale vouchers will be on sale starting June 1, 2015 through 5:00 p.m. on June 16, 2015, or until sold-out. Hurry, availability is limited.


2015 Summer in the City Festival Itinerary

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
  • Midway Games, Rides, Food, Attractions 5:00-11:00PM
  • Classic and Collector Car Show at 5:00PM
  • Kid’s FunTime - Face Painting & Balloon Sculpting 7:00-9:00PM
  • Juke Box Heroes - The Best of the 80's - Main Stage - 7:30-10:30PM
  • Event Closes 11:00PM

Thursday, June 18, 2015
  • Midway Games, Rides, Food, Attractions 5:00-11:00PM
  • Cleveland Fitness Club Demonstration - 5:00PM
  • Kid’s FunTime - Face Painting & Balloon Sculpting 7:00-9:00PM
  • The Element - Jazz, Rock, Motown, Modern - Main Stage - 7:00-10:30PM
  • Event Closes 11:00PM
Friday, June 19, 2015 – Parade & Dance Night
  • Midway Games, Rides, Food, Attractions 5:00-11:00PM
  • Parade Staging at 5:30PM with Step-off at 6:30PM
  • Midway Ribbon Cutting at 7:30PM
  • Kid’s FunTime - Face Painting & Balloon Sculpting 7:30-9:00PM
  • 7 Bridges - Ultimate Eagles Experience 8:00-10:00PM
  • Event Closes 11:00PM
Saturday, June 20, 2015 – Fireworks Night
  • Midway Games, Rides, Food, Attractions - Noon-11:00PM
  • Parkway Dance Performance 1:00PM
  • Cleveland Fitness Club Demonstration - 2:00PM
  • Kid’s FunTime with Face Painting, Balloon Sculpting, Stilt Walkers 2:00-7:00PM
  • Miss Middleburg Heights Pageant (Community Center) at 3:00PM
  • Cleveland Sports Teams Mascots and Cheerleaders at 3:00-4:00PM
  • Pasta, Doughnut, and Pie Eating Contests 4:00PM
  • Academic Challenge Championship – Berea-Midpark on the Big Screen - 7:00PM
  • Ace Molar Band - Blues/Classic Rock from 7:30-10:00PM
  • Miss Middleburg Heights Pageant Winner Announced (Main Stage) at 8:30PM
  • Fireworks at Dark at 10:00PM
  • Event Closes 11:00PM

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at the best ‘Summer in the City’ ever!