RIDGELAND — Aldermen recently approved a host of special event permits for the coming months.

Topping the list is the upcoming Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival with organizers anticipating upwards of 10,000 event participants this year.

Aldermen last Tuesday approved a special event permit for the Ridgeland Tourism Commission’s Fine Arts Festival set for the weekend of April 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the next day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Renaissance at Colony Park. They expect to set up to begin that Friday. They will also have a wine tasting station. They will also have Bicycle Revolution’s Tandem Bike Rally with several different rides scheduled. They expect 7,500 to 10,000 people. They expect about 50 participants for the big ride. This will not generate overtime for the Ridgeland Police Department. The Tourism Commission will hire off duty police officers for security.



Other events include: 

• Aldermen approved a special event permit for The Word Center Church’s picnic for April 20 from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Old Trace Park. They expect 200 participants. Park facilities will be open for use. Church members will be responsible for set up and clean up after the event.

• Approved a special event permit for Southern AgCredit’s annual crawfish boil scheduled for April 4, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at their 402 West Parkway Place location. They expect between 100 and 150 participants. Southern AgCredit staff and volunteers will be responsible for setting up and cleaning up upon conclusion of the event.

• Approved a permit for the city’s Parks Department’s Ride of Silence scheduled for May 15 at 7 p.m. starting at Northpark. They expect 50 to 100 participants. Neal said that the Ridgeland Police Department will have some overtime related to the event. He said it would require nine officers for about 1.5 hours each at an average rate of $27 per hour for an estimated total of $364.50.

• Approved another permit for the Ridgeland Parks Department for the Heatwave Triathlon scheduled for June 1 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Old Trace Park. The event features a half mile swim, 26.3-mile bike ride and a 6.2-mile run. The swim will start at Madison Landing boat launch. Swimmers will swim a fourth of a mile into the Reservoir and back. Members of the Jackson kayak Club and Jackson Yacht Club will assist swimmers if needed. The bike ride will commence from their onto Post Road, to Rice Road, to Old Canton Road to the Natchez Trace Parkway and back to Madison Landing. The run will leave from there onto the multi-purpose trail over Post Road and returning to Madison landing. They expect 250 to 350 participants. Neal said that this will generate 12 overtime posts for RPD for about five and a half hours each at an average rate of $27 per hour for an approximate overtime cost of $1,782.

• Approved another permit for the city Parks Department’s century Ride scheduled for May 4 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ridgeland Recreational Center at the Old Trace Park. They expect 1,000 participants. Overtime costs for PD are $729 for nine officers for approximately three hours each.

• Approved an event permit for four dates for the City’s Kid’s Fest for Saturday and Sunday the weekend of April 13 and Friday and Saturday the weekend of April 19. They expect 8,000 participants over the course of the two weekends. It will generate about $4,320 in overtime for RPD.

• Approved an event permit for Alzheimer’s Mississippi’s 5k Run/Walk scheduled for April 5 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Renaissance. The event was approved 6-0. Ward 4 Alderman Brian Ramsey asked that the item be removed from the consent agenda so that he could recuse himself because his wife works with Alzheimers Mississippi. They expect 300 people. This will generate 11 posts that will need to be manned for two hours each. The estimated overtime cost is $594.