An Olde Pickerington Village thoroughfare will be transformed into "Sweet Street" next month when the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce hosts an inaugural kickoff to summer.

An Olde Pickerington Village thoroughfare will be transformed into "Sweet Street" next month when the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce hosts an inaugural kickoff to summer.

On May 28, Columbus Street in Olde Pickerington Village will be closed to vehicle traffic from Center to Cross streets so that those who crave sugary concoctions can descend upon the area to sample the best of what local businesses and residents have to offer.

The chamber, with aid from the city of Pickerington, local merchants and others, will host its first "Sweet Street" from 1 to 4 p.m.

The event will be similar to the chamber's annual "Taste of Pickerington" event held each autumn. However, "Sweet Street" will feature scores of baked goods, confections and other foods created specifically for those with affinities for sweets.

"We'll have vendors -- restaurants, caterers, local confectioners -- who will sell their tastes for $1," Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce president Helen Mayle said. "We're doing it in late spring so people are aware of the new treats on the market for the summer."

Although a number of vendors already are on board, Mayle said, registration for businesses which wish to sell their foods at the event will remain open through May 13.

Vendors can register by calling the chamber at (614) 837-1958, visiting online at www.pickeringtonchamber.com, or by email at eventscoordinator@pickeringtonchamber.com.

In addition to vendors, "Sweet Street" will include a number of competitions.

Local bakers are encouraged to register by May 27 for a community bake-off. The chamber accepts registration via telephone, its website or email. A panel of celebrity judges will present blue ribbons for the best baked goods entered in the contest.

A Taste to Remember will provide cakes for a "cakewalk," as well as pies for a pie-eating contest for ages 12 and older.

"We'll take reservations for the pie-eating contest up to the day of the event, depending on how many people we get," Mayle said.

There will be a separate pie-eating contest for children younger than 12; children also will have a chance to custom-decorate their own cupcake.

"The fees for most of the stuff is going to be $5 or less," Mayle said. "The fees will be posted on our website. It's a street fair and it'll just be fun."

Additionally, "Sweet Street" will feature a pie-toss, in which attendees can pay for a chance to hurl a whipped-cream pie in the face of selected local celebrities.

Mayle said those who will serve as targets for the pie-toss will be announced in ThisWeek prior to the event.