4th Friday Brings Ag to the ‘Ville
Westerville, Ohio Dad always said money doesn’t grow on trees and, as Ohio farmers will tell you, food doesn’t grow at your local grocery store. At this month’s Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday: Farm in the City, the Franklin County Farm Bureau will be on hand to show just what goes into bringing dinner to your table.
Farm in the City will take place on Friday, September 28, 2018 from 6-9pm in Uptown Westerville and is brought to you by the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau.
In addition to 120 street vendors, food trucks and extended hours in the Uptown Shops, the Ohio Soybean Council will display everyday foods made with soybeans and talk about what GMO really means. Expect to be surprised!
The Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association will be on hand with information about home grown fuel, being earth kind and being engine smart. Visitors to their special trailer will become acquainted with things made from corn and wheat.
A Master Gardener from the OSU Extension Office will answer even the toughest gardening questions and there will be a honey bee hive on display to show how honey is made and how bees make crops grow.
The issue of water run-off will be discussed using an augmented reality sandbox and 4-H Club members will show some award-winning projects. There will also be a continuous video about the history and programs of the Franklin County Farm Bureau shown near the Visitors Bureau office at 20 W. Main St.
Be sure to stop at Uptown on Main, 64 E. Main, to visit two little pigs that live with Westerville South graduate Dan Bokros and his wife Christie at their home, Red Dog Ranch. The pigs will be on display in the garden.
Musical entertainment will include Change It Up Charlie on the Visitors Bureau Music Stage; The Ohio Bluegrass Association on E. College Ave. and performances by Generations Performing Arts Center, the Taoist Tai Chi Society and ProFencing.
Meanwhile further south at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., the Lynd Fruit Farm will have samples different apple varieties to try while enjoying stories about Johnny Appleseed. These activities will be moved indoors to the Combined Meeting Rooms in case of inclement weather.
As in past months, State St. (State Route 3) will close at 5:30p.m. and will be closed until 9:15p.m. for the event. For additional details about street closures, see below.
Attendees will not only enjoy extended hours in the Uptown shops and restaurants, but street vendors and food trucks along State St. as well as the side streets featuring all manner of products and services.
The Arts Council of Westerville will have arts activities and artwork on display in the parking lot of Union Savings Bank, 44 S. State St. and on the north side of Hanby Elementary School.
As the kick-off to the Community Culture Celebration to take place on Sunday, September 20 from 1-5pm at The Point at Otterbein University, 4th Friday attendees are invited to join Hands Across Westerville at 7pm. Look for volunteers with hand signs for directions.
Mix 107.9 will be on W. Main St. close to the drop-off point for the AAA Ohio Auto Club 4th Friday Shuttle at 20 W. Main St. Attendees can park at The Point at Otterbein University, 60 Collegeview Ave. and ride the free shuttle Uptown to enjoy the festivities. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes until 9p.m.
For cyclists, the Westerville Bicycle Club will sponsor a free Bike Corral. This year, it will be next to Jimmy V’s, 1 S. State St. and will be accessible from the City Hall parking lot or State St. They will do short maintenance checks and keep bikes secure while their owners enjoy the event.
Also on 4th Friday, by a proclamation of Westerville City Council, the City will celebrate Jeff Hartnell Day, in honor of Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau Executive Director Jeff Hartnell who passed away last month. Green balloons and green ribbons will be distributed in remembrance of Hartnell, a nod to his alma mater, Michigan State.
“Jeff was so passionate about 4th Fridays and he was especially excited about this one,” said WVCB Marketing Coordinator Glenda Mihaly. “When we came up with this new theme, ‘Farm in the City’ he was insistent that people have fun, but also learn something important about agriculture and sustainability. The best way to pay tribute to my boss and my friend is for as many people as possible to this last event that we worked on together, have a great time with your family, wear a green ribbon on top of your scarlet and gray and remember that your food does not come from a cardboard box.”
Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays are held on the fourth Friday of each month, April through September and are free festivals with an average attendance of 11,000 people each month. For more information please contact WVCB Marketing Coordinator Glenda Mihaly at email@example.com or 614-794-0401.
Road Closure Info
The streets and parking lots normally used for 4th Friday activities will close at 4p.m. and include:
- Home St. and the parking lots on the north east and south east corners of N. State and E. Home Streets
- College Ave. from State St. to Vine. St.
- College Ave. from State St. to the City Parking Lot
- Winter St. to the parking lot entrance. Access to the Union Savings Bank drive-thru will be maintained via Winter St.
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.
- Main St. from State St. to the parking areas behind the Uptown businesses/Haywood Alley.
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, WVCB Marketing Coordinator at 614-794-0401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.