Final First Friday Festival of 2017 set

By ALLEN MINCEY Staff Writer
Posted 8/2/17

Each of the first Fridays of the summer months has seen many people around the Bradley County Courthouse Square enjoying food, music and family events.

The event brought these people together, …

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Final First Friday Festival of 2017 set

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Each of the first Fridays of the summer months has seen many people around the Bradley County Courthouse Square enjoying food, music and family events.

The event brought these people together, beginning in June. The final First Friday Festival of 2017 will be this Friday in downtown Cleveland.

The festival will begin at 6 p.m., and continue to 9 p.m. or later. It is coordinated by MainStreet Cleveland and the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce’s Allied Arts Council, and sponsored by Wacker Charleston.

“We greatly appreciate the sponsorship from Wacker Charleston to make this festival series possible,” said MainStreet Cleveland Executive Director Sharon Marr. “It has been a great summer event.”

Special music on Friday will feature Cleveland band Rob Alderman and the Unfortunate Return at 6 p.m., as well as the Sullivan Band (from Dayton) beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Alderman has been involved in music in the local area for years. He and his band formed recently and perform at area events, and will be featured in the next few weeks at the Inman Street Coffeehouse concert series.

The Sullivan Band is a five-piece cover band that plays a wide variety of party club favorites, such as classic rock, Southern rock, country, blues, funk, soul and Motown. They have been featured performers at Riverbend, the Cornbread Festival, and the Strawberry Festival in Dayton.

Along with the great food and music, Marr said that there will be inflatable bounce houses and free face painting, “to make for a great family festival.”

The event is free, and organizers suggest those attending bring their own lawn chairs for comfort.

Food will feature barbecue, kettle corn, funnel cakes, ice cream and treats from Kona Ice.

Marr said that it is hoped this will become a yearly event downtown. She said that she appreciates those who have attended the festival nights, the bands who have played and the food vendors.

Organizers said that visitors downtown should also remember that the Back Alley Gallery will be open during the festival.

It is located less than a block away from the courthouse, between First and Second streets.

For more information on the event, contact MainStreet Cleveland at its website at www.mainstreetcleveland.com or call the office at 423-479-1000.

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