KidsArtFEST to Take Place June 4, Downtown

A previous KidsArtFest, downtown.

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is expected to win approval tonight to have its 2016 KidsArtFEST event in June, in Washington Square and surrounding areas.

On Tuesday’s meeting agenda, the Haverhill City Council will consider the chamber’s permit application to hold the event, formerly known as KidsFEST, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, June 4. A rain date would be Sunday, June 5. In addition to its annual requests the city waive vendor fees, organizers also seek permission to use electrical hookups “from the Haverhill Housing Authority and Columbus Park outlet.” According to council documents, events plans include a “bouncy house” provided by the local YMCA.

“This year’s celebration will continue to focus on promoting downtown businesses and non-profit organizations, encouraging patrons to explore and shop with local retailers and restaurants. This year’s festivities will kick off with a ‘make some noise parade,’” Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce President Stacey L. Bruzzese said in a letter.

The event application has approvals from Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro and Interim Fire Chief John Parow, subject to detail coverage requirements, as well as from Public Works Director Michael K. Stankovich. Haverhill Building Inspector Richard Osborne “will approve the application” for his department, according to correspondence with City Clerk Linda L. Koutoulas. Other departmental approvals, including those from the electrical inspector and health department, were pending as of Friday

The Haverhill City Council meets at 7 p.m., Tuesday, in Theodore A. Pelosi Jr. Council Chambers at Haverhill City Hall.