Park Street Festival to benefit Second and Seven Foundation

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Park Street Festival 2009 is a fun, free, community event for all ages with eclectic foods from the historical North Market, live music, poker run and kids' activities taking place June 12 and 13 on Park Street in the Arena District. Proceeds benefit The Second and Seven Foundation (, a literacy program started by three former Ohio State student-athletes Mike Vrabel, Luke Fickell and Ryan Miller.

For adults there is live entertainment by Candlebox, Saving Jane, Dot Dot Dot, The 17th Floor, LoveSick Radio, Downplay and The Bourbon Kings!

The Kids Fair with Mike Vrabel, sponsored by Columbus Parent Magazine, will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fest will feature a children's book reading and signing by Mike Vrabel of the Kansas City Chiefs, COSI 'Science Spots', goodie bags from Columbus Parent, bounce house, face painters, pop-a-shot, football toss, petting zoo, video game party truck, balloon artists, carnival food and other games and prizes. The Second and Seven Foundation will donate books to the children in attendance to get signed after the reading by Mike Vrabel.

The Second and Seven Foundation sends student athletes to central Ohio second grade classrooms to "Tackle Illiteracy" by reading to students and donating books.

Additional Saturday events include a charity poker run and bike fest, as well as grill masters at The North Market with grilling demonstrations and contests. The fun continues into the afternoon with bounce houses, carnival food, face painters, balloon artists, games and prizes. Enjoy live music all weekend by local and national bands including Candlebox, Saving Jane, The 17th Floor, LoveSick Radio, Downplay and The Bourbon Kings.

To learn about the Second and Seven Foundation and its mission to promote literacy nationwide, visit