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2003 News from Mecklenburg County

March 27, 2003


Charlotte, N.C. – What does MeckFest 2003 have to offer? How about free car seat safety checks, free child immunizations, free STD and HIV testing, and free adult health screenings – just to name a few. Then there’s the free family fun stuff: live music, a petting zoo, pony rides, games and prizes, a puppet show and roaming mascots and jugglers.

MeckFest 2003 will offer a little something for everybody. The annual Mecklenburg County festival is Saturday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (CMGC), 600 East 4th Street in Uptown Charlotte.

The festival is a local celebration of National County Government Week, which runs April 6-12 this year with the theme, “Counties Care for Kids.” In keeping with the theme, MeckFest will feature a health pavilion where parents can get health screenings and immunizations for their children, and a car seat safety check station where parents can find out if their children’s car seats are properly installed. The station will be on the 4th Street side of the Old City Hall between Alexander and Davidson streets. Parents should take Trade Street to Alexander Street; deputies will direct them from there to the drive-thru safety check.

There will be lots of activities for adults, too. In addition to free health screenings, adults can attend healthy cooking demonstrations and tour the Government Center lobby for information about all the services and programs Mecklenburg County has to offer.  Then, it’s time to relax and enjoy the music of several local bands. Here’s the lineup:

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  NC Mass Choir – Gospel

12:00 – 12:45 a.m.   Lauren and Friends – Jazz/R&B

1:00 – 1:45 pm   Perfect Fitt – 70’s/Old School

2:00 – 4:00 pm   Peralta – Latin

There will be lots to eat, too. A variety of vendors will have food for sale, offering everything from hot dogs to egg rolls to pizza and ice cream.

Free parking is available at the CMGC deck at the corner of McDowell and 4th streets, as well as in several lots near the Government Center and on the street.

MeckFest is also making a special effort to attract the Latino Community, which represents 7 percent of the County’s total population. With the help of interpreters and other trained experts inside and outside of County government, MeckFest hopes to reach a segment of the population that’s not completely aware of all the services available to them.

Additional details about MeckFest can be found at

Traffic Alert: 4th Street will be closed between McDowell and Davidson Streets starting at 6 a.m. Saturday and will remain closed until 6 p.m.

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