MOUNT VERNON — There was fun, food, cats, cars and more at the August edition of First Friday, sponsored by Knox Community Hospital.
As the name implies, the event is held on the first Friday of each month from May through October in downtown Mount Vernon by the Heritage Centre Association.
This month offered plenty for the whole family.
For the kids there were several events on Public Square. The Kids Corner was sponsored by a donation from the Rolls-Royce Employee Charity and Civic Fund. There was a petting zoo, exhibits by several local churches, face painting, candy and balloons and a raffle for Ohio State football tickets.
Marissa Pickiewcz, 6, was trying out a new look at the face painting table.
“I like it a lot,” she said after the purple heart on her cheek was finished. “I like getting balloons, too.”
Others, come for the entertainment. The Main Stage was provided by United Precast Inc., on Public Square with Rebel Wind, a popular local country rock band.
“We’re here for the music,” said Stacy Scott who was at First Friday with several friends from Centerburg. “We like Rebel Wind. We like their choice of music. It’s country and southern rock.”
Visitors could stop by the Heritage Centre Association table on Public Square and pick up a ticket to redeem at participating merchants for a day pass to the Hiawatha Water Park/Pool.
No First Friday would be complete without a cruise-in sponsored by Donley Ford.
Fred Mohn, Mount Vernon was at the Cruise-in with his 1932 Ford Hi-Boy Roadster.
“I built it myself,” he said. “I’ve had it about three years. I’ve been involved with cars since about 1955 when I was a kid. This is about the seventh car I’ve done.”
Mohn said he does all the cruise-ins and really likes the First Friday events.
“We get to see a lot of people we know and haven’t seen for a long time,” he said.
Food was available for purchase at the event by Bobby Thomas Concessions and Family Concessions with kettle corn and lemon shake-ups.