ASHTABULA — Ashtabula Downtown Development Association's first First Fridays Street Fest is this Friday in downtown Ashtabula, and organizers say it's not too late for anyone interested in being a vendor.
Best explored on foot, First Fridays is sponsored by the Ashtabula Downtown Development Association (ADDA), and takes place from 3-8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, June through October, at Cornelius Park and Main Avenue. Attendees can sample a variety of food, an outdoor market and entertainment, said Myke Anderson, ADDA president.
Each First Friday has a different theme, and this Friday's theme is Crazy Street Science, with youth art and chalk art for all ages as well as a one-mile heart walk at 6 p.m., said Marty Cephas, a member of the ADDA executive board.
"People can bring down their crazy science experiments, we'll have youth art from local high schools and we will provide chalk for people to draw on the sidewalks," she said. "I also heard the weather is going to be perfect because we never have foul weather on a First Friday."
First Friday attendees can be entertained by 19 performers, including a band, she said.
"For the first time ever, we are hosting a Motorcycle Meet-Up, where motorcyclists can show off their motorcycles," Cephas said. "We'll also have car cruise in the park."
For folks looking for a bargain, there will be "Treasures in the Trunk, a spin-off of Junk in the Trunk," she said.
"But participants have to call ahead or complete an application to participate," she said.
Ward 5 Council person Jane Haines said she hopes people will check out all the fun, as well as special sales at participating downtown merchants.
City Council President John Roskovics said the ADDA is making progress on transforming downtown into a busy place.
“The events will have even more people discovering and enjoying downtown," he said.
Anyone interested in being a vendor or participating in Treasures in the Trunk, should visit www.downtownashtabula.com or call 216-262-0138.