County of Fairfax, Virginia
The McLean Community Center
Temporary Administrative Offices, 6631 Old Dominion Dr., McLean VA 22101
Media Contact: Sabrina Anwah, Director of Communication
Photo captions mcleanhistory 1.jpg: H.A. Storms’ General Store and Post Office, corner of Elm Street and Chain Bridge Road
mcleanhistory 2.jpg: Tysons Corner, Route 7 and 123, looking south to Vienna. Circa, 1935
mcleanhistory 3.jpg: A.L. Stocks’ Beauty - Barber Shop, corner of Elm Street and Chain Bridge Road FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 5, 2017
Then & Now: From Small Beginnings, McLean Day Keeps Growing
McLean, VA— A community favorite, McLean Day features the best of what tradition and innovation have to offer. The small town feel of meeting your neighbors at the local park now goes hand-in-hand with digital sound and lights, food trucks and climbing walls. McLean Day 2017 will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Rd. Produced by the McLean Community Center (MCC), the event is free and open to the public.
In its 102nd year, the event now draws more than 13,000 people in a single day, which may be more than the number of people who participated in the original week-long event. Established in 1915, McLean Day and was the first festival of its kind to be held in Fairfax County.
The first McLean Day was a fundraiser for Franklin Sherman School sponsored by the McLean School and Civic League and the McLean Volunteer Fire Department. Over the years, attractions have included carnival games, a baby show, dancing, a baseball game between McLean and Falls Church teams, a jousting tournament, a horse show, auto racing, dances, a tug-of-war and homemade refreshments. This year’s activities include state-of-the-art mechanical carnival rides, a climbing wall, carnival games, Bubble Ball, Balloon Twisters, laser tag, tennis demonstrations, a petting zoo, live performances on two stages and a marketplace.
Politics has always been a part of McLean Day. In the early years, the festival was held on the Saturday preceding the Democratic Primary in August. Now, candidates from both parties actively participate each year.
In 1973, MCC cosponsored McLean Day with SHARE of McLean. The groundbreaking for the construction of the Center was also held that day. As this year’s festival is being held, the Center’s Ingleside Ave. facility is undergoing an 18-month renovation. Seems like “everything old is new again” at McLean Day.
One element to McLean Day’s lasting success has remained unchanged---an outpouring of community support at every level. From the sponsors who provide additional funding to the nonprofit organizations who sign up for booths each year, to the patrons who come out for a fun day in the park, whatever the weather---this support has created the continuing relevance of this community festival.
The festival will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit: www.mcleancenter.org/special-events.
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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.