FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(POWELL, Ohio)—May 21, 2020—The annual Powell Festival scheduled for Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27 is being postponed to a later date in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A postponed Festival will be held this fall. Many of the festivities will continue during the rescheduled celebration, including the fireworks display.
“Our community looks forward to this signature event each year,” said City Manager Andy White. “While it is unfortunate we can’t gather in June, we’re hopeful to carry on many of the traditions of the event in the fall.”
Some festivities are still being planned for the annual weekend in June, including a DORA and virtual 5K event.
Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA)
The first-ever Powell Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) is being planned for 5-11 p.m. Friday, June 26 and noon-11 p.m. Saturday, June 27 in downtown Powell.
The DORA allows licensed liquor establishments in the designated area to sell alcohol at special times that can be carried out of their establishments in specially marked cups. Powell’s DORA boundary is approximately 136 acres.
“Our staff will begin contacting businesses within the DORA boundaries to see who would like to participate,” said White. “Our goal is to promote and celebrate the heart of our small business community in downtown Powell. Small businesses have endured so much the past three months.”
Ohio Revised Code 4301.82 allows municipal corporations or townships with a population of 35,000 or less to create one outdoor refreshment area if the proposed area will include at least four qualified liquor permit holders and is composed of 150 or fewer contiguous acres.
While a DORA is in effect, patrons can purchase a drink at an authorized location and walk around inside the DORA boundaries and take a purchased drink into a non-liquor serving establishment if the owner allows it.
Patrons cannot bring their own drinks into the district or walk with a purchased drink outside the designated DORA boundaries. Additionally, patrons cannot take a beverage purchased at one DORA-approved establishment into another DORA-approved establishment.
The Powell Festival Committee is working with Endo Monkey Racing (the producers of the Powell Turkey Trot) and our newest neighbors Columbus Running Company to come together for an opportunity for our community to run or walk in a 5K virtual parade practicing social distance throughout Powell (on paths, sidewalks, even home treadmills) anywhere and anytime between June 26th and 28th!