A Family Fun Festival to benefit next year's Freedom Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28, when the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Department also will present Service to the Community awards.

A Family Fun Festival to benefit next year's Freedom Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28, when the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Department also will present Service to the Community awards.

The inaugural fun festival, sponsored by the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation, will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Gahanna Swimming Pool, 148 Parkland Drive.

Foundation chairman Lee Tucker said any money raised at the festival would go toward the 2011 fireworks, because the city had to cut that expense as part of its budget woes.

The nonprofit group is working to raise funds for the festival in keeping with the foundation's mission to improve the quality of Gahanna parks and recreation services for a healthier community.

"We're keeping awareness and building funds until we get to that $20,000 number to pay for the fireworks," Tucker said. It's a great way to wind down the pool season. It will be a great, fun day."

Admission to the festival is $4 per person or $10 per family.

The festival will include music by Lords of Literature and will feature the band, "Parrots of the Caribbean," from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Parrots, known as one of the top Jimmy Buffett tribute bands, had previously was scheduled to play Aug. 14 at Creekside, but inclement weather canceled that appearance, Tucker said.

Other festival activities will include pool games, a watermelon-eating contest, pie-in-the-face and bingo.

Several food vendors will be there, including Fun'l Frenzy (funnel cakes), Bap Gap (taco in a bag, watermelon), Chick-fil-A, Aloha Ice (shaved

ice) and Medallens (gyros, hotdogs, hamburgers), according to Kate Mattison, parks & rec events coordinator.

Beginning at 6 p.m., the parks & rec department will recognize recipients of Service to the Community awards.

This year's honorees are as follows:

Parks Friend: Lee Tucker, who was chosen because of his extensive work in many different facets of the department. In addition to being chairman of the foundation, Tucker is chairman of the bicycle advisory committee (BAC). Under his leadership the BAC helped create the Big Walnut Trail concept plan and the 2010 bikeway revision plan. Additionally, as the chair of the foundation, he helped raise more than $10,000 for scholarships and programs.

Recreation Friend: Colleen Havens and Janice Clegg, who are being recognized for their work with the Gahanna Sea Lions Swim Team. Clegg has volunteered for 12 years, and Havens has volunteered for nine years. Their efforts helped ensure a smooth transition as the facility changed hands and the program continues to be successful, Mattison said.

Civic Organization: Rocky Fork, Ohio. This group is part of the Rocky Fork Watershed Protection Task Force and involves dedicated science teachers with a passion for nature. One goal of the organization is to inspire children to explore the outdoors and become stewards of the environment.

Business: Carman Hafer, Dcor & You. Hafer has volunteered more than 80 hours of service and consulting to the Ohio Herb Education Center. She assisted with modeling updates to the new property and supports the events held at the center.

Senior: Ronald Barrick, an active member of the senior center who has served on the advisory board for two years.

Youth: Taylor Glynn, an active member of the Gahanna Youth Council for the past three years.

The Service to the Community award winners are nominated by members of the community and then voted on by Gahanna's parks & recreation board, Mattison said.