Safe is the Word for June’s 4th Friday Event
From losing your balance to losing your fingers, summer can be a dangerous time for people of all ages. The Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau wants to arm Central Ohio with the 4-1-1 so you won’t need to call 9-1-1.
The WVCB will team up with the Westerville Divisions of Police and Fire for Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday: Safety Fest on June 22, 2018 from 6-9p.m. in Historic Uptown Westerville.
The Westerville Division of Fire is a regular participant in 4th Friday and especially Safety Fest,” Chief Fire Marshal David Williams said. “We want the community to know that we are available to not only assist in time of emergency but also to prevent emergencies of all kinds, including prevention of home fires, smoke alarm installations, Community Services for those needing assistance in the home and public education.”
Williams said the Fire Division will have a dollhouse that demonstrates fire spread through a building and will discuss the Division’s smoke alarm installation program as well as fireworks safety. WDF Community Services Coordinator Francie Hughlock will be on hand to do blood pressure checks and discuss her role in the community. Children and adults alike will be able to explore the fire apparatus and equipment.
The Westerville Division of Police always works to make Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays safe events. “Please stop by the area of the police station to learn more about crime prevention and other safety issues, or just stop by to say hello, “Lieutenant Ron McMillin said.
McMillin suggests taking a photo of your child as you arrive at the event. Should you become separated, knowing what they look like and exactly what they are wearing can help the police when locating your child.
Mount Carmel St. Ann’s will offer free balance screenings in City Hall inside City Council Chambers, 21 S. State St. Further south, the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., will invite families to follow the traffic signs through an obstacle course that teaches safety with stop-and-go activities. Participants can travel through tunnels and over bridges while putting
out fires along the way. In case of inclement weather, this activity will be moved to the combined Meeting Rooms.
As in April and May 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, services and food truck fare.
Musical entertainment for the evening will include “Legal Tender” on The Rudler Team Keller Williams Excel Realty Music Stage, in front of Church of the Messiah right on State St.
Generations Performing Arts Center dancers will perform on W. College Ave. from 6-8:15p.m. Other performances include the Central Ohio Bluegrass Association and The Academy Irish Dance on E. College Ave. and a demo by the Taoist Tai Chi Society near the Rudler Team Music Stage at 6:45p.m.
Parents looking for the bounce houses will find them near Union Savings Bank, 44 S. State St. The Shirck Orthodontics Kids Corner will operate from 6-9p.m.
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.
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 Executive Director Jeff Hartnell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-794-0401