The city of Groveport is ready to celebrate the last days of summer with its annual KidsFest, a free back-to-school festival for families, featuring police cruisers, fire trucks, a petting zoo, inflatable bounces houses, food and music.

The annual rain-or-shine event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 12, at Groveport Park, 7370 Groveport Road. It's coordinated by the Groveport Recreation Department.

"It's a day of different things where kids can learn and have fun," community affairs director Patty Storts said.

While there is no age limit for children, they must be accompanied by an adult, she said.

KidsFest combines three events -- Back to School, Touch-a-Truck and Cop-N-Kids -- into one.

Touch-a-Truck, one of the more popular activities, gives youngsters an opportunity to sit on tractors and trucks. The city's police department will bring vehicles and equipment and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office has displayed bomb squad equipment and robots at past KidsFest events. Briar Patch Farm in Groveport again will bring animals for the petting zoo.

The city's Community Affairs Department helps prepare bags of school supplies donated by local businesses.

"We hand out approximately 250 bags of school supplies to children," Storts said. "We have crayons, colored pencils, glue and scissors. Just about any school supply a child would need."

Others participating include Nationwide Children's Hospital, Franklin County Safe, Groveport Dental, Madison Christian School, Ohio State University's Department of Entomology, Columbus Metro Parks, Southeast Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and Western Southern Life.

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