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June 14, 2013

Larger than life fun

First-year festival super-sizes classic games

DANVILLE — Family game night will get a “big” twist later this month in Danville, as the inaugural Game On! Downtown Festival offers families a chance to play oversized versions of some classic games.

The free festival, which is put on by the Downtown Danville Partnership, is noon to 4 p.m. June 22 around the Hendricks County Courthouse Square in Downtown Danville.

Laura Parker, Downtown Danville Partnership board member, is one of many who have been working to make the festival a reality.

“(The partnership) is an all-volunteer organization that focuses on downtown revitalization and keeping attention on our downtown and reminding people that we have a great square and we have merchants and restaurants that they can visit right here in their own backyard,” Parker said.

She added that plans for this festival have been in the works for about the last two years.

“We are a family-oriented community,” Parker said. “Visitors, residents and people in the area love to come out and participate in our events. We’re bringing them another one. It’s free, it’s outdoors, and it’s super-sized. (It’s family game night) only blown up and outdoors.”

She said there will be a multitude of giant games to check out during the festival including KerPlunk, Connect Four, dominoes, Scrabble, tic-tac-toe and more.

“The kids have a ton of activities that they can move though,” she said. “I think we’ve got 14 or 15 game or activity venues for the whole event.”

To make enough room for all of the giant games, Parker said a few streets around the square will be temporarily closed.

“We’re closing Washington Street on the square between Main and Marion,” she said. “It’s on the east side only; we’re keeping the rest of the square open for parking. Plus, our farmers’ market is taking place on the other side of the square, so we can’t shut the whole thing down all day.”

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