Gazette News Report
XENIA — First Friday’s June 3 event will feature more than 80 arts and crafts vendors, food options, and unique entertainment in downtown Xenia.
The Hathaways will be the featured entertainment on the courthouse lawn while, Tony and Joli with Up Down Go will display their aerial silks and juggling abilities.
North Detroit Street from Main to Church and South Detroit Street from Main to Second will be closed to through traffic, making room for the cruise-In, bouncy houses,petting zoo, musical acts, community groups and performers. Bumpers Entertainment Center will be holding its inaugural Dog Extravaganza beginning 6pm on South Detroit Street.
Bible Missionary Baptist Church’s Band and Praise team will have special performances 6:30 and 7 p.m. on South Detroit Street
This month the Batmobile and Jokermobile will be at the Cruise-In, along with Lucky the Clown, Magician Dave Davis, DJ Rob Bullen, caricaturist Dennis Porter, inflatables and the Amazing Giants stilt-walkers.
Catherine Wilson from the Greene County Historical Society will lead a walking tour will begin 6:30 p.m. in front of the courthouse. The caboose will be open at Xenia Station 5-7 p.m. for anyone interested in the railroad’s history. Cool Critters Outreach will have many different animals to hold and touch. The strongmen of ChristStrength Gym will be doing demonstrations on South Detroit Street.
First Fridays Bucks can be purchased at the Kid’s Carnival in the Montgomery Insurance & Investments lot and every player wins a prize. Also located at the carnival area, is First Fridays Character Meet and Greet. Stop and visit with Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper. The Greene County Library Bookmobile will be rolling into the Food and Entertainment Court for the evening.
Many of the downtown businesses will be holding specials during the event.
Those interested in attending, volunteering, performing, vending at, or sponsoring a future event should visit visit www.xeniafirstfridays.com to learn more about the event. Upcoming Xenia First Fridays events are set to be held on each first Friday through September. Events run 5-9 p.m. All donated funds are tax-deductible.
Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz.