XENIA — First Fridays is kicking off its ninth season 5-9 p.m. Friday, May 5, and will feature more space for more fun, according to organizers.
In addition to the closure of North and South Detroit streets, Third and Second streets from Whiteman to King streets will also be closed to allow for more bouncy houses, farm animal petting zoos, musical acts, and the growing number of community groups and performers.
“The First Fridays Committee has been extremely busy in the off-season marketing, fundraising and making great plans for this year. We are super excited to bring new entertainment, activities, food and street vendors to downtown Xenia,” said Heidi Hilderbrandt, event co-coordinator. “Even more exciting are the new businesses that downtown has to offer. We invite you to join us downtown to see what our city and First Fridays has planned.”
Returning activities and performers include the Cruise-In’s popular Batmobile, KraZ face painting, Lucky the Clown, Magician Dave Davis, DJ Rob Bullen, caricaturist Dennis Porter, the Greene County Historical Society’s downtown walking tour, Greene County Library’s bookmobile, ChristStrength Gym’s Strongmen’s Competition, and inflatables from Xenia Bouncy Castle and Party Rental. For the animal lover, there will be Jungle Island Zoo, Cool Critters Outreach, and a farm animal petting zoo. Kids carnival games return to Montgomery Insurance & Investments.
The popular EuroBungee jump at South Detroit and Main Street will be featured Friday along with Chase and Marshall, from TV’s Paw Patrol. The courthouse stage will have music provided by Bulletproof, while the Xenia High School Jazz band will have a special performance 5 pm on South Detroit Street.
Second Street will be the main place to find food vendors, while many local downtown restaurants will be open as well. Many of the downtown businesses will be holding specials during the evening.
For more information, visit www.xeniafirstfridays.com.
Xenia Daily Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz.