County of Fairfax, Virginia
The McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean VA 22101
Media Contact: Sabrina Anwah
Director of Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 6, 2016
Small Town Feel Is Still Present at 101st McLean Day
McLean, Va. — The McLean Community Center (MCC) is busy planning McLean Day 2016 using lots of new technologies in the process. However, Dranesville Small District 1A residents who attend the event, relish the small town feel the experience. The festival will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Rd. Admission is free. From Small Beginnings McLean Day began in 1915 when the McLean School and Civic League sponsored a festival to raise funds for school and community projects. The first McLean Day was held in a field adjacent to Franklin Sherman School and featured a jousting contest. Various community organizations sponsored McLean Day, until MCC began producing the festival in the mid-1970s. It moved to its current home at Lewinsville Park in 1988.
Vote for MCC Board Members Sixteen district residents are running for seats on the 2016-2017 MCC Governing Board. Nine adults are vying for three adult seats and seven teens are vying for two student seats (one for Langley High School and one for McLean High School). The Center asks residents of Dranesville Small Tax District 1A, to cast their votes to elect and re-elect members to the 11-member Governing Board. The election will be held at the park from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The voting tent is located inside the entrance to the park. Residents may vote in advance by absentee ballot if they are unable to attend the festival through Wednesday, May 18. Voting instructions and candidate information are available online at the Center’s website: www.mcleancenter.org.
Rides and More Amusements Popular large amusement rides, including the Vertigo, the Orbiter, the Zipper, Full Tilt and Pharaoh’s Fury, will return this year as well as the “Kids’ Way” area, which features ticketed rides for young children. Close by is “Balloon Alley” with balloon artists and roaming costumed characters. Free laser tag and children’s activities, such as BumprBall and Squeals on Wheels Petting Zoo, also are offered this year.
Favorite Festival Foods & More Come hungry to McLean Day! Food vendors as varied as the Red Hook Lobster Pound and Crepe Love, will join favorites The Tender Rib and the Rotary Club of McLean. Foodies will be delighted with an expanded menu that includes halal food by Fava Pot and new vegetarian options. And there will be lots of sweet treats! Stop by new vendor Captain Cookie and the Milkman or Scoops 2U, among others.
Stage Entertainment Abounds A Children’s Stage has been added to the festival this year, with performances by professional children’s musicians, Rolie Polie Guacamole, Yosi and the Superdads and Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band. Local children will also perform as part of Bach to Rock’s student band and Joy of Dance’s performance groups. Adults will be able to savor the sounds of local bands, Odeon, Scott Ramminger and the Crawstickers and Kara and Matty D, as well as performers Tom Principato and hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon.
Parking and Free Shuttle Service Parking is not available at Lewinsville Park on the day of the festival, so MCC strongly encourages participants to use its free shuttle service. Starting at 10:25 a.m. and continuing throughout the day, shuttle buses will run from the park to McLean Baptist Church, 1367 Chain Bridge Rd., Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd., and MCC, 1234 Ingleside Avenue. Due to a private event scheduled on May 21, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1545 Chain Bridge Rd., will not have parking available onsite, nor will a shuttle bus service the parking lot.
Let’s All Have Fun Alcohol, balloons, cigarettes and other controlled substances are not permitted on the park grounds. Political candidates and other vendors must contain their activities to their assigned booths. Soliciting is not allowed on the grounds of the park during McLean Day. Patrons are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious activities to Center staff and Police and Fire personnel.
For festival updates, driving directions, shuttle bus stop locations and a festival area map, visit: www.mcleancenter.org/special-events or call the Center at 703-790-0123/TTY: 711. The Center’s telephone will be answered from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of the festival.
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The McLean Community Center, an agency of Fairfax County Government, is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all programs, services and activities.
We will provide reasonable accommodations upon request.
To request special accommodations, call the Center 14 working days in advance of the event.
To request this information in an alternate format, call 711.