Gazette News Report
XENIA – The final First Friday in Xenia is set for 5-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and listen to live music from BulletProof on the courthouse lawn.
Also, be on the watch for a special attraction strolling downtown. Here’s a hint: it will transform before your eyes. Don’t forget to bring your camera to get your photo with Optimus Prime or Bumblebee. Rumor has it there will also be Minions joining the First Fridays party.
Cycling around the event will be Matt Jergens on his unicycle. He performs a variety of acts from juggling to stilt walking. Magician Dave Davis will be strolling the event as well. The Amazing Giants are big on fun and return this month in Farmer and the Dell costumes. Lucky the Clown will be making his popular balloon creations on the south side of West Main Street and Dennis Porter will be drawing free caricatures of participants.
On South Detroit Street there will be special performances by Egyptian Breeze 6 p.m. and Bible Missionary Baptist Church Band and Praise Team beginning 7 p.m. The strongmen of ChristStrength Gym will be doing demonstrations and making a final appearance for the summer are Xenia Bouncy Castle and Party Rental inflatables along with some farm animals ready to be fed.
The Greene County Library Bookmobile will be rolling into the Food and Entertainment Court for the evening. While there, enjoy family friendly music from DJ Rob Bullen and a performance by Xenia High School Hip Hop team 5:45 p.m. and Doug Yates Karate School 7:30 p.m.
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 will be Kra Z Face Painting. My Greene Radio will also be streaming its station to entertain at the carnival lot.
The downtown city of Xenia contains so much history and exciting tales that only Catherine Wilson from the Greene County Historical Society can deliver. A walking tour will begin 6:30 p.m. in front of the courthouse. The caboose at Xenia Station will be open 5-7 p.m. for anyone that is interested in the railroad’s history.
Food vendors at the Food and Entertainment Court include Cork n’ Bottle, Roosters, The Roulette, Dogs for Dogs, Ritas’ Italian Ice, TJ’s Nice Cream, Southern Sisters, Sugar Shack and April Jean’s Kettle Corn. A sack-lunch style burger, chips, cookie, and drink will be available from AHOP Burger Burn at the cruise-in area.
Most downtown restaurants will be open as well while many businesses will be holding specials.
Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz.