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If you’re looking for a run on entertainment this weekend, then you’ll be right on course downtown.
From free children’s events at kidscommons to rock ‘n’ roll music for an older crowd, Mill Race Marathon entertainment — known as “Finish on Fourth” party — has a plateful planned.
A block-long zip line, plus music and a beer garden get things started from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday to kick off the extravaganza. Saturday’s schedule starts at 9 a.m., with some downtown restaurants opening for breakfast, and it wraps up at 10 p.m., when the music ends.
Organizers expect marathon-related activities will draw an estimated 10,000 people to Columbus for the weekend.
Downtown restaurant and bar owners Steve Leach and Kurt Schwarze have teamed with others to plan a mix of activities with both visitors and residents in mind.
Leach knows a little bit about race crowds, having visited other cities while his wife, Tanya, competed in triathalons. “They’re looking for something to do.”
That includes youngsters.
That explains why kidscommons children’s museum, 309 Washington St., will have free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, thanks to support from MainSource Bank. Plus, it will offer a free bubble pond and a science experiment from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outdoors along Fourth Street.
“Between the bubbles and the giant toilet, that’s really what we’re known for,” said kidscommons executive director Amy Kleinart.
Leach figures if the after-race activities are a hit, it will bode well for next year.
“We get only one shot to make a first impression with runners,” he said. “They’ll be leaving here and talking to others.”
4 to 10 p.m.: Beer garden on Fourth Street from Jackson to Washington streets. Zip line on Fourth from Washington to Franklin streets
5 to 8 p.m.: Folk-rock of Cottonpatch inside The Garage Pub & Grill, 308 Fourth St.
9 p.m. to 1 a.m.: Music of 650 North inside The Garage Pub & Grill
7 to 10 p.m.: Top 40 rock from Untamed band on Fourth Street
9 a.m.: “Finish on Fourth” begins with a range of eateries serving breakfast in the Washington and Fourth Street area
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Free activities at kidscommons, 309 Washington St. Three levels of interactive activities, from art to physical fitness. Kidscommons also will provide children’s activities on Fourth Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
11 a.m.: Opening of beer garden, zip line, rock-climbing wall, face painting, balloon animals, bungee jump and craft vendors
11 a.m.: Children’s science experiment and bubble pond from kidscommons along Fourth Street.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Matt Blue and Eric Whistler’s music, from James Taylor to Pearl Jam
2 to 4 p.m.: 7 Shots In’s rock, with covers from artists ranging from Talking Heads to Bill Withers
4 to 7 p.m.: Max Allen Band, a mix of high-energy funk, rock, blues, jazz, classical reggae and electronic dance music
7 to 10 p.m.: Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel’s blues-rock
9 p.m. to 1 a.m.: Locally World Famous playing classic rock to modern pop-rock inside The Garage Pub & Grill
Other area events this weekend
Retro Rock: Mill Race Center will have its fourth annual Retro Rock fundraiser from
6 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the center, 900 Lindsey St. The event will include live music, dancing and food. Cost is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Information: 376-9241
Hope Heritage Days: Thousands will travel to this northeastern Bartholomew County town for the free annual fall festival on the square with music, food, crafts, a car show and parade. The festival runs Friday through Sunday. Information: 546-4673
Columbus Symphony Orchestra: The group will open its 2013-14 season at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium at Columbus North High School, 1400 25th St. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Cost is $5 to $10. Children 12 and younger admitted free.
Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s: The annual Columbus walk will begin at noon Sunday at Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other mental functions. Information and walk registration: 800-272-3900 or alz.org/indiana
Ninth Annual “Let’s Get Ready” Drive-In/Bike-In Movie Event: Family and child-friendly activities begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mill Race Park, at Fifth and Lindsey streets, with a magic show. Showing of the movie “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” to begin about 8 p.m.
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