by Rebecca Webb
May 2, 2019
McLean Day in its 104th Year is the largest local free annual fair! Something for everyone, this family friendly event is a wonderful local event.
This year Mia Rocks, a 17-year-old singer/songwriter who lives in the D.C. metro area, will perform for McLean Day 2019. The singer's alternative pop band plays both covers of popular songs and original music. https://miarocks.com
Information provided by McLean Community Center.
Prepare to be Amazed—Here’s what you need to know about McLean Day 2019
On Saturday, May 18, the McLean Community Center’s free, annual outdoor festival, McLean Day, returns to Lewinsville Park. A wide variety of rides, games, activities and performances are planned. Here’s a brief rundown of what festival attendees can expect to see, hear and experience at the event, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park is located at 1659 Chain Bridge Rd.
Sponsors Help Make McLean Day Happen
McLean Day is produced by the McLean Community Center (MCC). Community-minded local businesses enhance festival offerings. This year’s sponsors are: Wheat’s Landscaping (Park Beautification); State Farm Agent Lynn Heinrichs (Stage); Giant Food (Marketplace); Squeals on Wheels (Petting Zoo); Burke & Herbert Bank (Picnic Tent in Kids Way); McLean Properties (Balloon Twisters), Washington Fine Properties (Picnic Tent in Food Court) and Mars, Inc. (Climbing Wall).
A Brief History of 104 Years of Fun
The history of McLean Day is long and varied. In 1915, it began as a school and community fundraiser put on by the McLean School and Civic League at Franklin Sherman School. A host of community organizations kept it going over the years, until the mid-1970s when McLean Community Center (MCC) began producing it. Lewinsville Park became the festival’s home in 1988.
There’s an App for McLean Day
Returning for a second year—the Whova McLean Day App! Stay in the know about festival happenings by downloading the free Whova app from The App Store or Google Play. Once the app is downloaded, search for “McLean Day 2019.”
Large Ride Preview
Can’t wait for the party to start on Saturday? Come to the Large Ride Preview on Friday, May 17, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The large, ticketed amusement rides will be available for patrons to enjoy. Ticket prices vary, and some rides have height requirements. The rides are located on the parking lot to the right just inside the entrance to Lewinsville Park. ATMS will be onsite.
Election for Governing Board Members
MCC’s 2019 Governing Board Election will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year, 11 Dranesville District 1A residents are running for seats on the board. Five adults are vying for three adult seats and six teens are vying for two student seats (one for the Langley High School boundary area and one for the McLean High School boundary area) on the Center’s 11-member board. Only residents of Dranesville District 1A can vote. Absentee voting is available through Wednesday, May 15. For more information and instructions on voting, visit the Center’s website, www.mcleancenter.org.
Rides and More Amusements
The large amusement rides are a big draw at McLean Day. This year’s selections will shake things up! In addition to the large rides on the parking lot, the Kids’ Way area of the park offers smaller, ticketed rides especially for younger children. Also, for the young and young-at-heart are costumed superhero characters who will be available for photos. Other free activities include laser tag, Bubble Ball, a rock-climbing wall, a petting zoo and Riverbend Park animal presentations at noon and 3 p.m.
Lots of Treats to Eat!
Do you favor festival food? Gourmet food trucks will form a circular food court in front of the big white house (Meadowbrook) in Lewinsville Park. Come ready to enjoy a wide variety of international entrees, snacks and beverages.
Performers Onstage and Off
Young dancers enrolled in the Center’s Joy of Dance classes will open the Main Stage entertainment at 11 a.m. and will be followed by children’s music group Big Bang Boom at 12:30 p.m. At 1:45 p.m., things will heat up when Brazilian martial arts group Abada-Capoeira DC performs. The McLean Citizens Association’s annual presentation of the Teen Character Awards is at 3 p.m. and a final performance by local teen singer and songwriter Mia Rocks starts at 4 p.m. New this year is a Jugglers’ Stage, which is located close to the children’s ride area and offers free performances.
Mia Rocks and other performers at McLean Day, please see the Stage Schedule https://www.mcleancenter.org/images/McLean_Day_2019_Stage_Schedule.pdf
Free Parking and Shuttle Service
Parking is not available at Lewinsville Park on the day of the festival. MCC strongly encourages participants to use three satellite parking sites: MCC, 1234 Ingleside Ave.; McLean Baptist Church, 1367 Chain Bridge Rd.; and Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1545 Chain Bridge Rd. Free shuttle buses will run from the parking sites to the park starting at 10:25 a.m. and running through 6 p.m.
Let’s All Have Fun
Patrons are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious activities to Center staff and Police and Fire personnel. Cigarettes, balloons, alcohol or other controlled substances are not permitted on the park grounds. Political candidates, exhibitors and other venders must contain their activities to their assigned booths. Soliciting is not allowed on the grounds of the park during McLean Day.
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 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of the festival.
County of Fairfax, Virginia
The McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean Va. 22101
Sabrina Anwah, Director of Communications
703-790-0123, TTY: 711