A number of noticeable changes have been made to this year's Powell Festival, and organizers believe they will only improve upon the annual event at Village Green Park.

A number of noticeable changes have been made to this year's Powell Festival, and organizers believe they will only improve upon the annual event at Village Green Park.

Anna Steck, executive director of Historic Downtown Powell, Inc., has spent countless hours preparing for the festival, which will take place on Friday, June 26 between 5 and 11 p.m., and Saturday, June 27 from noon to 11 p.m.

"Other than the Columbus Zoo, [the festival] is the largest outdoor community activity in this part of the county," Steck said of the annual family-oriented event. "Thanks to the sponsorship of SuperGames, their new Teen Scene will still have many free things."

Families visiting the festival will be able to enjoy a wide selection of free activities, including a new corn hole challenge, inflatables provided by the Columbus Crew and The Ohio State University Buckeye Tour, among others.

SuperGames is offering a $10 pay-to-play fee for a day-pass entry into the Extreme Zone, featuring more intense, challenging games, such as an obstacle course. "Something else [new] this year is that we are using more central Ohio bands. I don't think any of our music selections are from outside of central Ohio," Steck said.

Steck said featuring more local talent just made sense for this event. "The reason why we exist is to support downtown Powell and to promote it to others. Our campaign is shop local, so why not use local talent for festivals?" She believes the changes made to this year's festival will be well received by all those who attend.

Powell resident Tara Brenning who often joins friend Missy Capobianco along with their children in Village Green Park, said she finds the changes to the performance list interesting. "I'm not that familiar with too many local bands, so that will be cool," Brenning said. Both women said it's very important for a community to have an event like Powell Festival to bring the community together.

Steck said festival parking will be available along S. Liberty St. in downtown Powell during festival hours. Traffic on S. Liberty St. will be limited to one southbound lane, with the other lane devoted to parking.

The 2009 Powell Festival will conclude with the traditional fireworks display Saturday evening.

Other events hosted by Historic Downtown Powell, Inc.:

Farmers Market
Thursdays 3-6 p.m.
City of Powell Municipal Building parking lot
Over two dozen vendor booths sold out for the season. Anna Steck encourages Powell residents to come out and eat fresh and healthy locally-grown foods.

Street Market
July 26 - September 13
Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
125 vendors will be featured throughout downtown parking spaces and streets. Arts and crafts, antiques, and local businesses will be featured at the event, which usually hosts over 4,000 visitors annually.

Historic Downtown Powell, Inc. Holidays in Powell
The City of Powell Municipal Building
Children are invited to visit Santa and see all the decorations around town.