MOUNT VERNON — The Heritage Centre Association’s October First Friday will be held on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., in downtown Mount Vernon.
The featured entertainment on the main stage will be Front Porch Revival.
Daisy, the “cow,” will be one of many highlights of the agricultural education exhibits set up in the First-Knox parking lot and along West Vine Street, hosted by the Knox County Farm Service Agency and several other agricultural organizations. Tractors, animals, displays and hands-on activities will help families learn more about local farming, food, soil, sustainability, livestock, safety and more. All booths will have a short hands-on activity or display to teach kids and their parents about how our food gets from the farmers field to the grocery store.
Kids and parents can learn how a cow is milked, sit on tractors and learn about how they are used in the fields around Knox County, and talk with farmers and ask answer questions on what it takes to bring our food from fields to dinner plates. Local orchards will have apples on hand for the picking, maple syrup producers will demonstrate the process on how syrup is made, and the Bee Keepers Association will show how bees pollinate plants to make food. Guest can also visit vendors from the farmers market, learn about soil erosion, ethanol vehicles and corn products, Live Stock Care Standards, why the farm bill is important to us all, by-products from the Cattleman’s and Sheep Improvement Association, GPS applications, food safety and much more.
A cornhole tournament will be held on the Square at 6 p.m. There is a cost per person or team and prizes are awarded for first and second place. Sign up at the event.
Goody bags will be given to 25 random registrants of the monthly Cruise In and a custom designed cruise in poster highlighting 2012 participants will be available for a donation. There is no fee to participate; door prizes will be awarded. The registration tent will be on the west side of the square. Motorcycles are encouraged to come out and park in the 100 and 200 blocks of South Main. Food will be provided on the Square by Flapper’s Bar & Grille, The High Restaurant and Gay Street United Methodist Church. Downtown merchants will be open late for shopping and various art galleries will host receptions.
Traffic will be closed around the Square and on Main Street south of the Square to Ohio Avenue starting at 4:30 p.m. Rain location for the band is The Place@The Woodward.
Published on October 1, 2012