The Census Road Tour stops in Taylor on Saturday, April 10; everyone's invited for lunch, giveaways and entertainment

Downriver residents are invited to welcome the Census road tour – and enjoy free lunch and giveaways.

The regional “Portrait of America” road tour promoting the importance of the 2010 Census visits Taylor’s Heritage Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Organizers said activities will be set up behind the Taylor Community Library near the Heritage Park Activity Building.

The road tour has been attracting large crowds across the country. In Taylor, organizers are planning to provide entertainment as well as free hot dogs, chips and water – while supplies last.

There will be Census-related giveaways. And the first 100 residents will receive “buy one, get one free” admission tickets for the popular Heritage Park Petting Farm to be used any time in April.

Those driving to the event should park in the Sheridan Community Center, where a Taylor fire truck will promote the road tour.

Taylor residents without transportation to the park are invited to catch a free bus ride from one of the following locations:
•The entrance to Phoenix Park on Eureka Road.
•The Heritage Glens apartments (formerly Pickwick) on the south side of Wick, east of Pelham Road.
•Northwest Park from the Harold Street parking lot south of Van Born Road.
•The parking lot in front of City Hall, 23555 Goddard Road.
•The corner of Racho and Northline roads in front of the Parkview Condominiums.

Brian White, a Census Bureau partner specialist who graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1990, said the regional road tour means there’s still a lot to be done.

“Because of Taylor’s strong involvement and my link to Taylor, we thought it would be a great idea to have the U.S. Regional Census Road Tour to make a stop in Taylor,” White said. “This will further enhance the efforts that the city has put forward so far.”

After the Taylor visit, the Census mobile will travel to the Downriver Community Conference on Northline Road in Southgate. That visit is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m.