The summer events season in Bexley will wrap up with the final Main Event of the year at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, on the front lawn of Capital University, 1 College and Main.

The summer events season in Bexley will wrap up with the final Main Event of the year at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, on the front lawn of Capital University, 1 College and Main.

In addition to a screening of the animated movie "Inside Out" and the third annual Bexley's Got Talent showcase of local performers, the event will also include an appearance by newly installed Capital University President Elizabeth Paul.

Attendance at the Main Event has grown since the summer entertainment series launched in 2013, said Michael Price, the city of Bexley's recreation director. This year's series drew anywhere from 700 to 1,500 people, depending on the weather and the popularity of the featured movie, he said.

"Every year, we learn a little bit more about how (audiences) utilize the event -- holidays, vacation season," he said. "We're constantly trying to evaluate those things. The average attendance was up from previous years."

A major attraction is that in addition to a free outdoor movie, the event features a variety of activities for people of all ages, including children's crafts by local business Piccadilly, food vendors, games and live music, said Bexley Councilwoman Lori Ann Feibel, who also is chairwoman of the Main Event organizing committee.

"What's really great is it's kind of like an open house," she said. "If you have little people who can't stay for the movie, they go to Piccadilly. Maybe people want to grab something eat, say hi and go. It's kind of hard to monitor the (attendance) numbers because it's a free-flowing kind of thing."

The Main Event movies are family films, except for the annual Date Night screening, featuring a romantic comedy for adult audiences. This year's date night, held Aug. 26, moved from its previous location at Jeffrey Mansion to the Capital University lawn.

"It gave us a different feeling, being tied to the business district on East Main Street," Price said.

The Bexley's Got Talent show is open to performers of all ages and abilities. Participants must register in advance at Gobexley.com/talent.

"We've had hula hoopers and we've had bakers from Cherbourg (Bakery) beat whipped cream to 'Beat It.' We've had really talented singers and songwriters," Feibel said. "It's all local, fun talent."

In years past, Main Event committee organizers have performed group numbers featuring Bexley Councilman Steve Keyes, Mayor Ben Kessler and police Chief Larry Rinehart.

"Only in Bexley would that happen, where the mayor's on the keyboards and the police chief is on percussion," Feibel said.

For more information about the Main Event, visit gobexley.com/main.

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