April 3, 2002
COUNTY GOVERNMENT 101: FOOD, FUN AND FAMILY
Charlotte, N.C. – This is not your high school government class, but you’re sure to learn something about County government – and have fun doing it.
The Mecklenburg County Spring Festival – better known as “MeckFest”- will be held at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (CMGC) at 600 E. Fourth Street from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2002.
This will be the third year for “MeckFest.” The day is designed to enhance public awareness of and interest in Mecklenburg County government and increase public participation in local government activities. This one-day, FREE event is being held as part of National County Government Week (April 7-13). The national theme for this year’s celebration is: “Secure America, Expand Democracy.”
There will be several educational displays to help residents better understand how various county departments work to keep them and our community safe, including exhibits by MEDIC, the Fire Marshall, the Sheriff’s Office and the Health Department.
“MeckFest has blossomed into a wonderful annual event that provides entertainment, education and an opportunity for the Board of County Commissioners to connect with Mecklenburg residents,” said County Manager Harry L. Jones, Sr.“MeckFest” features a variety of entertaining and fun family activities. Children will love the pony rides, petting zoo, clowns, balloons and games. They can mingle with their favorite local mascots.
Parents can enjoy the music of Lauren & Friends, the Jim Boyce Steel Drum Band, Wizdom, The Peralta Group, The Lounge Lizards and more. County employees get to showcase their talents during a talent show inside the Government Center.
Vendors will have hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, funnel cakes - everybody’s favorite festival food – and other delicious items for sale. Food is the only thing you have to pay for at this event.
Volunteers and County employees will staff the games and activities, while providing information about County services. The festival site is the government center plaza at 4th Street. Fourth Street between McDowell and Davidson will be closed to through traffic for the day, with traffic being rerouted to 2nd or Trade streets.
County departments will be represented with exhibits and displays in the CMGC lobby and outdoor plaza areas.
The Mecklenburg County Festival has its own Web site,
www.meckfest.org. Those logging on will find various links to Mecklenburg County government, as well as updates and specifics on the event, including a schedule of entertainment, games and activities, available parking, and a quiz on County government. Those taking the quiz will be automatically entered into a free prize drawing.
All events are FREE. Parking at meters and in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center parking deck is available at no charge.