In addition to the games, she said there will also be a DJ and a food court provided by downtown merchants, complete with picnic tables so families will never be too far from the fun.
Parker said she envisions a good turnout for the first year of the event based on the attendance at other partnership events.
“The community has been really good about coming out for these kinds of events, even when we’ve done them for the first time,” she said. “Especially that it’s free and now years later that the partnership has a reputation for putting on good quality events. I think we’ll have a huge turnout.”
Parker said she feels adults will even want to join in on the fun.
“Anybody that likes games and competition, and is nostalgic for the games they played as a child, they’re going to want to play with these too. You can’t help it,” she said. “The checkers set is gigantic …You want to play with it even if you’re not a kid. I think the appeal will be even adults who are kids at heart will want to get in the act. I’m excited myself, because I can see it in my mind and I know what it’s going to look like. I think it’s going to be fantastic.”
Another organization looking forward to Game On! Downtown is Visit Hendricks County, which has supported the festival since the beginning.
Josh Duke, Visit Hendricks County communications manager, said it’s important for the organization to support anything bringing tourism to the county.
“We’re excited about it just because of it bringing more people and more business to the downtown Danville area,” Duke said. “Anytime you have any type of festival, they really make it good for the community both from an economic standpoint but also just from a community standpoint, as far as just coming together and having a fun family type of atmosphere.”