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Waynedale Picnic 2018

This week, The Waynedale Community Picnic committee announced that last year was the 16th and final time they would hold the event at Waynedale Park. However, fans of the Picnic shouldn’t fret! Since the beginning of the year the Waynedale Community Picnic committee have been collaborating with the EMBARK Waynedale committee to hold a similar event, but this time they will close down Bluffton Road to do it!

On Saturday, July 27 Bluffton Road will close from 1pm to 4pm for this huge community festival. “A Walk In Waynedale” will take the place of the Waynedale Community Picnic and relocates the festival to “downtown” Waynedale along Bluffton Rd., between Old Trail Rd. and Interlaken Dr.

According to Megan Ryan, who has been the event manager of the Waynedale Community Picnic for the past 4 years, “We’ve made this shift to provide more event space, better parking and to attract more exposure for our community and its businesses. And most notably, to get people out and moving to celebrate a healthy lifestyle using our community’s new sidewalks and trails!”

Although not all details about this new event’s features have been released, a committee of 10 volunteer members that are working on the event “A Walk In Waynedale”, have indicated that it will be free for the expected 2,000+ guests to attend and participate in. And it is designed to “promote unity and togetherness in our area.”

Camille Garrison, the chair of EMBARK Waynedale, which was held last year as a celebration of the new sidewalks and trails commented, “This event will be the best of both the Picnic and EMBARK. Guests should expect many of the same attractions that both events had featured in the past, with the City’s ‘Open Streets’ event feel. Right now, we can announce that we will have kid’s games & activities, inflatable rides, a live band, a science tent, chalk walk, face painting & vendors. But there are a few more special things that we are working on bringing to the event, which will be announced as we get closer to July 27th.”

Of course, with any free event like this, which is funded 100% by sponsorships, much of “A Walk In Waynedale” committee’s efforts are currently focused on fundraising. There are several sponsorship levels in which companies and individuals could lend a hand for this event. No matter what the level of sponsorship, any support is vital to the success of this event. There are many perks designed for sponsors, but most importantly this is an impactful way to be part of a great community event and show support for Waynedale.

If you are interested in helping as a volunteer, as sponsor or vendor, or if you would just like more information about A Walk In Waynedale, you can find more information about this event at Waynedale.com/WalkInWaynedale or by finding the event on Facebook.

Alex Cornwell

Alex Cornwell

The Owner & Publisher of The Waynedale News. Alex is a community leader and founder of various organizations, events & improvement initiatives in the area. He is also the recipient of 2019's Allen County Vandeveer Impact Award and 2012's University of Saint Francis' Distinguished Young Alumni Award. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer