Dogs Rule & The Anniversary Celebration Continues August 23rd
Westerville, Ohio Tails will be wagging in Uptown Westerville on August 23, 2019 as pooches and their people converge for shopping, dining and dog activities galore during Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday: Dog Days of Summer.
The August edition of 4th Friday will also be the continuation of the event’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, according to Glenda Mihaly, Marketing Coordinator of the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau, which presents the events.
“The Dog Days event has always been a crowd favorite and traditionally the month with the largest attendance,” Mihaly said. “This year is extra special since we are looking back over 20 years of having these events in our community, remembering how they’ve evolved and seeing the joy they continue to bring to both people who live here and people who visit.”
4th Fridays began on July 23, 1999 in a parking lot off E. College Ave. The second event in August featured a circus-themed chalk-art contest and a performance by piano students from Sounds Educational Center.
This month, visitors can have their photo taken at the free “Hidden Gem Photo Op” at one of the most photographed spots in Uptown Westerville, Mihaly said. There will be signage and arrows to lead attendees to the area, fun props available and a volunteer to take photos to celebrate this milestone.
There will be plenty to keep dogs happy as well. Captivating Canines, 12 E. Main St., is sponsoring a “Best Dog” contest at the shop, where dogs will be informally judged on friendliness, appearance and talent. The $2 entry fee to the contest is a donation to Stevie’s Foundation (https://www.facebook.com/steviesfoundation/). First prize is a $100 Captivating Canines gift card. Second prize is a $50 gift card and third prize is a $25 gift card.
Also displaying on West Main St., rescue groups including Cause for Canines and Speak for the Unspoken as well as information about Veteran Companion Animal Services and getting insurance for your pet. The Rascal Animal Hospital Mobile Unit will be on hand offering vaccines, heartworm testing, exams, nail trims and more.
A special section of vendors offering dog-specific products and services will be on W. College
Ave. and will include veterinarians and pet sitters among other pet businesses as well as a special treat for your pooch. Pet Butler will be on hand to help dog owners keep Uptown clean.
Children will find plenty to keep them smiling during the event. Look for the goofy antics of Good Medicine Productions on the way to the bounce house behind Jimmy V’s, 1 S. State S.
The Arts Council of Westerville will host hands-on art for children and original art on exhibit in the Union Savings Bank Parking lot, 44 S. State St.
Westerville Parks and Recreation will host a 4th Friday Scavenger Hunt using the free smartphone app Scavify. Participants can check in at the Parks and Rec table in front of 28 S. State St., download the app, then follow the instructions to earn points toward fun prizes.
The Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. invites younger children to enjoy an informal dog show as family pets and favorite stuffed animals compete to win awards like “Best Behaved” and “Smallest Dog”. Contestants can chat with the judges, participate in an agility course, and perform tricks for the audience. To enter a pet or stuffed animal, register between 5-6pm. The show will begin at 6pm and will end when all contestants have participated. Contestants are welcome to leave as soon as they’ve finished competing. The Library’s dog show will move indoors to the Combined Meeting Rooms in case of inclement weather.
This month’s entertainment includes the band Sip Stream in front of Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State St. During the band’s breaks at 6:45 and 7:45pm, the Westerville Promenaders will give a preview of what they will teach during their upcoming season of square dance lessons, beginning on September 11.
Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday favorite Legal Tender will perform on W. Main St. near the WVCB. The Taoist Chi Society will kick things off with a demo and the Leap of Faith Dance Co. will perform at 7:15pm in the same area.
The Westerville Bicycle Club invites attendees to ride their bikes and store them for free in their secure Bike Corral on State St. next to Jimmy V’s.
If cycling isn’t an option, Westerville Parks and Recreation and the Westerville Senior Center are sponsoring a free shuttle service from The Point at Otterbein, 60 Collegeview Rd., to the WVCB office at 20 W. Main St. The shuttle will run continuously from 5:30pm-8:30pm. That means attendees can park at The Point or the Westerville Senior Center and have a convenient way back to their cars.
Cornerstone Christian Church is offering free parking at its facility at 233 S. State St., which is a short walking distance from the festivities.
Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays are sponsored by the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau with support from Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, the City of Westerville, the Arts Council of Westerville and Hometown Service Center. They are held the fourth Friday of each month, April through September, in Historic Uptown Westerville.
Road Closure Info
State St. (State Route 3) will close to vehicular traffic at 5:30pm and remain closed until 9:15pm.
The streets and parking lots used for 4th Friday activities will close at 4p.m. and include:
- Home St. and the parking lots on the northeast and southeast corners of N. State and E. Home Streets (will re-open at 10pm)
- College Ave. from State St. to Vine. St. (will re-open at 9:15pm)
- College Ave. from State St. to the City Parking Lot (will re-open at 10pm)
- Winter St. to the parking lot entrance. Access to the Union Savings Bank drive-thru will be maintained via Winter St. (will re-open at 10pm)
A barrier placed at Walnut St. will feature “Local Traffic Only” signs for motorist traveling northbound. In addition, the State St. closure will necessitate the closure of:
- Main St. from State St. to the Middlefield Bank drive thru. The drive-thru will remain open all evening during all 4th Friday events. (will re-open at 9:15pm)
- Main St. from State St. to the parking areas behind the Uptown businesses/Haywood Alley. (will re-open at 9:15pm)
To allow for better traffic flow, no parking will be permitted on Vine St. between Park St. and Old County Line Rd. from 4p.m. to 10p.m. Questions regarding public safety should be directed to Lt. Ron McMillin of the Westerville Division of Police 614-901-9873. The map showing the closures can also be viewed at www.visitwesterville.org.
For more information about Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays, contact Glenda Mihaly, Marketing Coordinator, email@example.com, or 614-794-0401.