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Powell's signature fest hopes for sun

Powell Festival cut short last year after storms brought havoc

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Emmy Herrick and Lena Kosunick play in the splash pad during last year's Powell Festival. Organizers hope this year's fest is more like the second day of last year's event (pictured above), rather than the first day, canceled due to strong storms.
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Organizers have their fingers crossed for a sunny start to the Powell Festival this year after last year's event was nearly blown away.

In 2012, half of the annual two-day community festival was canceled after a massive storm swept through central Ohio, toppling trees, power lines and vendors' tents and leaving thousands without power for days.

"We regrouped and had a great time on Saturday last year," said Erin Haar, program director for Historic Downtown Powell Inc., which hosts the Powell Festival.

"This year, we're hoping for some great weather and a great weekend."

The event is set from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 28-29, at Village Green Park, 47 Hall St.

The yearly celebration features live music, food, games and activities, ending with a fireworks show Saturday night.

The live music is a highlight of the event, with four acts set to play on the main stage. Friday will feature Kavan, an Elvis tribute artist performing with the Columbus Horns at 5 p.m.; and headliner the Rubix Cubes, a rock cover band, at 8 p.m.

On Saturday night, local teen rock band Pett Crow will hit the main stage at 3 p.m., followed by cover band Blood, Sweat and Beers rounding out the evening with a performance at 8 p.m.

The expanded Teen Scene area will include an inflatable "human hamster ball," a double-lane inflatable slide, and jousting with inflatable weapons, plus laser tag.

A $12 wristband will buy unlimited access to all activities in the Teen Scene area; a single-activity ticket costs $3.

Most other activities around the festival are free.

The Toddler Zone, free for all guests, has fun activities for children age 4 and younger. The area features inflatable bounce houses, bouncing ball races and other games.

The festival also will feature a free-to-play video-game trailer with Xbox and Wii games.

Vendors will set up shop at the Powell Festival, including local businesses and nonprofit organizations. Some will feature activities, such as the American Red Cross, which will let visitors build their own first-aid kits.

Student volunteers from the Delaware Area Career Center's firefighter-training program will perform safety demonstrations.

"It's a fantastic opportunity to partner with those students and get involved in the community," Liberty Township Fire Chief Tim Jensen said.

Hungry guests can enjoy a variety of food offerings including funnel cakes, elephant ears, blooming onions, shaved ice and Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream. The festival also will have a beer garden.

The fireworks display will cap off the event at 10:15 p.m. Saturday, accompanied by a patriotic soundtrack.

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