KidsFest is on its way to Canal Winchester

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

But this Saturday, July 19 it will be all about kids.

Local children’s organizations will offer free activities and games for children from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, July 19, at the farmers market KidsFest in downtown Canal Winchester.

According to farmers market organizer Gaynell Garrett, participants in the KidsFest are from Faith Educare, David’s United Church of Christ Extended Care Program, David Evangelical Preschool, Garver YMCA, Nikou Learning Center and the Village of Canal Winchester.

The village will provide a demonstration to kids about stormwater education as part of a permit requirement from the Ohio EPA, said public works director Matt Peoples.

This year, Mary Ann Brouillette, spokesperson for the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, will bring along a working model showing how a stormwater system works.

Kids (and grown-ups) will have a chance to see rain fall on model houses, people and dogs. Then they’ll get to see how it flows into nearby streams and rivers.

“It demonstrates that individuals can affect water quality even if they don’t live near a stream or river,” Brouillette said. “It’s always a personal responsibility we’re trying to show.”

Kids also will have a chance to make door-hangers and bookmarks at the David’s United Church of Christ table.

“Kids love that,” said assistant director Cheri Norman. “It’s just a fun time.”

Norman added that the booth will have information available about the church’s before- and after-school care programs, as well as the preschool classes planned to start this fall.

Currently there are 56 kids enrolled in the church’s summer camp program.

The farmers market is sponsored by Main Street Canal Winchester and runs until Oct. 18.

During July and August, the market also will run during Wednesday nights from 5 to 7 p.m. in the downtown area.

Vendors offer fresh produce, flowers, handmade crafts, candy and cookies.

For more information about the market and how to register as a vendor, see