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Experience Mount Vernon presents June First Friday sponsored by Riverside Recovery Services

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – Experience Mount Vernon invites you to kick off summer with us Under the Sea at June First Friday! Sponsored by Riverside Recovery Services, June First Friday will take place on June 2nd from 6:00-9:00 pm in Downtown Mount Vernon. 

Bring your dancing shoes because Sky High Productions will be DJing all your summertime favorites on the west side of Public Square sponsored by Open Road Renewables. Not a dancer? Bring a folding chair and enjoy the sites and sounds of First Fridays in the reserved seating area on the west side of Public Square.

A+ Autobrokers returns as the sponsor of the First Friday Cruise-Ins on Public Square! Experience Mount Vernon has coordinated with the folks of Mount Vernon, OH Cruise Nights to bring in classic cars for you to enjoy. Cruise-In traffic should arrive no earlier than 4:30pm when streets will be fully shut down and be in place no later than 6:00 p.m. Please note that all Cruise-In traffic should enter and exit Public Square via Gay Street and/or Chestnut Street only; Public Square will begin two-way traffic at 4:30 p.m.

Knox Foodies is back in 2023 coordinating the Food Truck Trail sponsored by Ariel Corporation! June’s Food Trucks include, Annie’s Concessions, Big Pappy’s, LaMacarons, A Taste of Colorado, Joseppi’s Pizza, Woolson’s Kettle Corn, Round Hill Dairy, A&E Gluten Free, Tabouli Cafe, Honey Buckets, and Sweet Treats. Stop by the Experience Mount Vernon info table to pick-up a map of all vendors and food trucks. 

The MVNU Athletics Activity Zone will be on South Main Street between Gambier and Ohio providing activities for the whole family.  Also featured in the Activity Zone is the MVFD and MVPD Touch-A-Truck sponsored by United Aggregates!  Be sure to stop by the Ohio Avenue and South Main Street intersection to get a picture with a local first responder and their vehicles.

Head to the Community Corner on East Gambier Street as MTVArts takes the stage to promote their upcoming show, Sister Act. In addition to MTVArts, the team from the Mount Vernon Arts Consortium will be hosting a series of games and activities for all to enjoy and selling tickets for the summer season. 

Starting at 4:00 p.m., Main Street from Chestnut Street to Ohio Avenue, including one block east and west, and Public Square will be off-limits for both parking and traffic. All parked vehicles should be removed from said streets by 4:00 p.m. If you have questions, please contact Executive Director, Lacey Filkins at 740-393-1481 (call or text) or email Parking can be found at Public Lots on South Gay and Mulberry Streets as well as off of East High Street. Experience Mount Vernon has partnered with Knox Public Health to host a Bike Valet station located in the Blue Ash Parking Lot, located on the corner of East Ohio Avenue and South Main Street. Special thanks to Martha Edelblute for the use of the lot.  As part of the Active Transportation Plan, both Experience & Knox Public Health encourage those who can bike, to take advantage of this FREE service!

Save the dates for the Experience Mount Vernon season:

  • July 7th: Wild July First Friday presented by the Knox County Foundation (featuring the Columbus Zoo)
  • August 4th: Dog Days of Summer August First Friday presented by Griffin Insurance (Featuring WNZR’s  annual Dog Parade)
  • September 1st: Back to School September First Friday presented by MVNU, Kenyon, COTC, and Knox County Career Center – (featuring the educational institutions’ department fair)
  • October 6th: Johnny Appleseed Apple Festival presented by the Peoples Bank of Gambier

The June First Friday will bring all your favorites to Downtown Mount Vernon! Featuring over 60 vendors, 11 food trucks, entertainment, classic car cruise-in, and more, there will be something for everyone at our UNDER THE SEA themed June First Friday.

Media Sponsors include 90.9 WNZR, 100. 9  WMVO, and Super Q 93.7.

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