MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon’s Independence Day celebration kicked off with First Friday on the Square — and other locations in the downtown area.
The event offered a plethora of entertainment possibilities. A cruise-in sponsored by Donley Ford brought in a score of archetypal Corvettes, Model A’s and other classic cars which lined the Square and adjacent streets. The third annual volleyball tournament, held behind the Comfort Inn, was action-packed with serves and spikes, and saves and kills.
Special performances by members of the Ohio Junior Miss Class of 2010 included Greater Knox County Junior Miss Tabytha Arthur playing “Dreams” on her flute, and Richland County Junior Miss singing “Whenever You Remember.” A kids’ corner on the Square featured Sophia’s Petting Zoo and Rex Naylor, a castle to bounce in and balloons. Objects d’art were featured in a number of galleries and could even be found on the sidewalks.
People were enjoying strolling the streets, taking in the sights and sampling a medley of treats from vendors dotted along the way. The Farley family of Mount Vernon was just one of many taking advantage of the opportunities. They especially liked the music by Kokosing River Surf Club.
Asked what brought the family out to First Friday, Laci Farley said, “We’re hear to listen to the music. Also, we love having some family fun.”
The excitement then moved to Memorial Park for the traditional fireworks display.