Plenty of serious business will be discussed when the Pennsylvania Downtown Center conference comes to Johnstown in June. But there also will be a juggler, an inflatable slide and outdoor movies on a 32-foot inflatable movie screen.
In conjunction with one of the biggest conferences to hit the city this year, officials are planning an outdoor film and large-scale party at Point Stadium. And the public is invited.
We realized that Point Stadium would be the perfect venue for a huge community event, said Renee Daly, city economic-development specialist.
The downtown center gathering is expected to bring about 300 people to Pasquerilla Conference Center on Napoleon Street.
It is an annual meeting of those who are focused on economic revitalization and downtown rejuvenation. Along with Main Street program managers from around the state, the conference includes governmental officials, community planners, engineering and landscape-architecture companies and numerous vendors.
When those attendees arrive June 7, they'll be treated to a welcome dinner at the train station on Walnut Street. Then they can stroll over to Point Stadium to join local residents for a late-spring celebration.
Planned entertainment, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., is geared toward families and includes a magician, juggler, dunk tank and a giant slide along with mascots from Chuck E. Cheese and the Johnstown Chiefs. The main event, officials said, is an evening outdoor movie on a 32-foot inflatable screen. The crowd can watch the film, which has yet to be selected, from the field or from the stadium's seats.
We're hoping everybody comes out, Daly said.
Officials also are hoping a fund-raising campaign will cover the event's costs. Solicitation letters will go out soon.
We're contacting businesses and local organizations for sponsorships, Daly said.
After the June 7 festivities, the conference will get down to business and run through June 10.
A vendor marketplace will be set up at the conference center, where all meetings along with an awards gala will take place.
Also scheduled is a downtown walking tour and a visit to Johnstown's Kernville neighborhood, along with mobile workshops in Bedford and Ebensburg to view the accomplishments of Main Street programs in those communities.
Ebensburg, where a Main Street program was formed in 1995, will have a chance to show off large-scale streetscape improvements and business development.
We're excited to have them coming up here, said Christine Strugala, Ebensburg's community development director.
Source: "Family fun at Point planned during state conference" by Mike Faher -The Tribune Democrat. Read full article at: http://www.tribune-democrat.com/local/local_story_049234525.html