It’s been three years in the planning. Now, it’s finally here. In just a few days, 750 police, fire and law enforcement officials from around the world will come to Dublin Ohio to compete in the 2010 Can-Am Police-Fire Games (Aug. 15-21).  They will be coming from as far away as New Zealand and Bulgaria and as close as Columbus, Gahanna and Dublin–representing 38 states and provinces and nine countries. They will face-off against fellow public safety service personnel in 45 Olympic-style events including Police K9, SWAT and Toughest Firefighter Alive.  They will generate approximately $3.5 million to the local economy.

The free, family friendly Opening Ceremonies (4:30-9 pm Sunday, August 15) will offer the public the opportunity to come out to honor and support these dedicated men and women. The event will be held on the South Lawn of Coffman Park (5200 Emerald Pkwy) in Dublin OH.  Activities will include touch-a-truck, police cars, motorcycles & EMS vehicles, SWAT displays, antique fire engines, a free concert by Phil Dirt and the Dozers, inflatables for the kids, Medflight & Ohio State Patrol helicopters, a police K9 Demo, a Police vs. Fire tug-o-war, Cyrill-Scott Pipes & Drums, Washington Twp. Color Guard, a welcome from Dublin Mayor Tim Lecklider, singing of the National Anthem, an appearance by the Grand Leprechaun AND food and drink.  Community groups of 6-8 people can (for a donation) face-off in the tug-of-war agains the Police or Fire teams.

The best thing that the Can-Am Games will bring to Dublin? Lots of camaraderie–amongst competitors, fans and the community. Don’t miss this exciting event.  Visit www.DublinCanAmGames.com or call 800/245-8387 for details.

-Post by Mary