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Make summer memories

By mid-month, school will be back in session across Lawrence County and, for many families, summer will be at an end.

With the time off winding down, many may want to get out and take advantage of events in the area, many of which are family-oriented.

Starting at 10 a.m., a Summerfest will take place at  St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ironton, featuring games and giveaways for children.

It will be held in conjunction with the annual Tools for Schools event, in which thousands of backpacks and school supplies are handed out to families in need.

Starting at the same time outside Pick’n Save at The Hills, the El Hasa Shriners Hillbillies of Clan 1, Outhouse 8, of Ironton, will host their annual Hillbilly Day at Pick’n Save in Ironton until 2 p.m. Benefitting the Shriners Children’s hospitals, the event will have hot dog sales and a raffle to win a pair of season tickets for OSU home games.

In the evening, starting at 6 p.m., there will be a Market After Dark outside The Vault Market on Center Street. Set up as a nighttime farmers market, it will feature, vendors, local artisans, food, beer and wine sales and live jazz music.

And while all of this is taking place, across the river in Raceland, Race Days will running in its third day, from 10 a.m.-night, featuring a dog show, beauty pageant, car show, music, various races and other activities.

So use this weekend to get outside with the family and have some late summer fun. There is no shortage of activities available to choose from.