Organizers of the second Picktown Palooza said they are hoping a new location and a little cooperation from Mother Nature will lead to a safe and successful four days of fun in Olde Pickerington Village.
Panger Productions president Chris Stein promises those who attend the second Picktown Palooza from Wednesday, July 11, through July 14 will find something for everyone.
"It really is a fun and family-friendly event," Stein said. "We've got something for everyone, from rides and games to a car show and live music."
Panger Productions, a nonprofit charitable organization whose name combines the mascots of the Pickerington High School North Panthers and Pickerington High School Central Tigers, is giving the Palooza a second go after torrential rains flooded Victory Park during the first two days of the inaugural event last year.
However, against those odds, the volunteers that organize and manage the festival moved it to the corner of North Center Street and Town Square Drive for the last two days.
This year, all four days of the Palooza will be held at the corner of North Center and Town Square. Stein said he hopes that will help ensure the full lineup of festivities can proceed.
"We're having it where we relocated the event to last year," Stein said. "We're on higher, drier ground and everything is on pavement."
A schedule of Palooza events, musical performances and activities and information about where to park and how to purchase discount passes in advance is available at picktownpalooza.org.
"We're trying to keep it relatively inexpensive," Stein said. "It's $5 per day for people 13 (years old) and up, but children 12 and under get in free.
"Parking is free, and we don't even charge for the bands. (Their performances) just come with the price of admission."
Stein noted those who go to the Palooza website can purchase a four-day pass at half price -- $10 -- by entering a discount code provided on the website.
The bands and times for their performances are listed on the website. The lineup features 12 local and regional bands, in addition to Friday night headliners Night Ranger. Saturday's headliner is the Kentucky Headhunters.
"We're showcasing local and regional talent and we really have all the genres from Christian to classic rock, originals and country rock," Stein said.
Other activities will include a kids' corner for children, carnival rides and a business showcase. A car & bike show will take place from noon to 4:30 p.m. July 14 at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 268 Hill Road North.
Stein said if the weather is dry, the all-volunteer board that plans and promotes the event expects than more than 20,000 people will attend.
"It's just a great time to bring family and friends out and have a good time," he said. "The (Panger Productions) board of directors truly believes in giving back to the community in which we live, work and play.
"We would also encourage people to support the companies that support the event. We can only put this on because of the volunteers that come out and the companies that support it financially."
In addition to providing a large-scale, local event full of entertainment, Stein said he's particularly proud the Palooza is a true, community event.
He said both the city of Pickerington and Violet Township are lending financial and logistical support, including police protection and first-aid services. Stein said that shows how much organizers and supporters have pulled together.
"We're very happy to be partnering with the city and township to ensure a safe and successful event," he said.
When Stein announced in March the Palooza would be back for a second year, Pickerington Mayor Lee Gray said, "It is great to have an event to provide fun and entertainment right in downtown Pickerington."
Stein encouraged those planning to attend to check the site for basic rules and for any updates that might need to be posted.
"Go to the website for all the updates," he said. "Anything you need to know, from what you can bring in to where you can park, is on the website."