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August First Friday Celebrates the Dog Days of Summer in Downtown Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – The First Friday season continues with August First Friday! Experience Mount Vernon invitescommunity members and visitors alike to the beautiful Central Business District of Mount Vernon for the Dog Days of Summer event!
Great food, live music and four-legged fun FUR all during the 2022 First Friday season. From 6-9pm on Friday, August 5, Griffin Insurance joins Experience Mount Vernon to present the August First Friday! Bring your canine companion down for a PAWsome event!
Experience Mount Vernon is excited to partner with the Mount Vernon Arts Consortium (MVAC) to present the First Friday Concert Series! The Concert Series will be featured on the Main Stage located between Park National Bank and PNC Bank facing Public Square.
Brought to you by Knox Community Hospital and Central Ohio Technical College, the Concert Series will feature The Floorwalkers at August’s event. This Ohio grown rock and soul band is one of Central Ohio’s up and coming groups, and will look to bring a mix of high energy and good vibes to the stage!
A+ Autobrokers returns as the sponsor of the First Friday Cruise-Ins to keep the events FREE! Experience Mount Vernon has worked closely with several members of the local car enthusiast community to formulate a plan for this year. Cars should arrive no earlier than 4:30pm when streets will begin shutting down and no later than 6pm when the streets will be fully closed to traffic. Check for more details on the Cruise-In.
The WNZR Dog Days of Summer Dog Costume Parade returns to First Friday. Man’s best friend takes control of downtown as we invite community members to enter their doggos into the parade for the chance to win one of three awards! Registration will be located on Public Square just South of the monument, and will be available from 6:30- 7:10pm. The parade will begin at 7:15, and will flow from the Square, down South Main Street to South Main Plaza. Our panel of judges will conduct their review and give awards to the most creative costume, best in show, and the dog that the judges most want to take home. Any dogs not wanting to be judged, may exit the parade once they make it to South
Main Plaza.
The Activity Zone presented by New Directions, MVNU Athletics, PAKUnited and YMCA of Mount Vernon has moved to South Main Street between Gambier and Ohio. Working with our partners to create activities, games and fun for all ages, August will feature several new activities never before seen at First Friday! Take your chance at “Dunking A Dignitary” during August! You will have the opportunity to drop Mayor Starr, Lieutenant Andy Burns, Downtown Manager, Anthony McNeal, and a few other surprise guests in the dunk tank! Also featured in the Zone is the Edward Jones of Mount Vernon Touch-A-Truck! Be sure to swing by the South Main and Ohio Avenue intersection for a picture with your local law enforcement representatives.
New to First Fridays for the 2022 season is the Community Corner presented by New Directions, Flapper Bar & Grille, PNC Bank & The Woodward Opera House. Located on West Gambier Street at the South Main Plaza, the Community Corner will feature local organizations promoting their events and previewing what is coming to Downtown Mount Vernon. Tavaci takes to the stage to show off their hard work starting at 6:30, followed by the judging of the WNZR Dog Days of Summer Costume Parade at 7:15! To cap off the evening, the Centerburg Trojans Marching Band will perform from the Community Corner stage at 7:45! is back for the 2022 season as the Knox Foodies First Friday Food Trail sponsor! Stop by the info table at the intersection of Vine and South Main to pick up your First Friday Food Trail Card, collect the required stamps by making a purchase at each zone, and return the completed card to the info table to be entered into a drawing for a gift card to a downtown dining establishment! Didn’t finish your card from June or July? Bring the card back and continue the trail at the August event!
Traffic will be closed one block north of Public Square, around the Square and on South Main Street down to Ohio Avenue starting at 4:00 p.m. If you have questions, please contact Downtown Manager, Anthony McNeal at 740-393-1481. Parking can be found at Public Lots located around the exterior of First Fridays. Lots on South Gay and Mulberry Streets as well as off of East High Street are open to public parking during the event. Experience Mount Vernon has partnered with Knox Public Health to host a Bike Valet station located in the Public Parking Lot at 20 East Ohio Avenue. As part of the Active Transportation Plan, both Experience & Knox Public Health encourage those who can bike, to take advantage of this FREE service!
Media Sponsors include Town Money Saver,, Mount Vernon News, 90.9 WNZR, 13WMVO, and Super Q 93.7.
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