Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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April 27, 2014

First Final Friday

Greenup has first monthly event of the year

GREENUP — Friday marked the beginning of 2014’s Final Fridays.

The monthly event encourages local involvement with businesses along Main Street in the city of Greenup.

The director of the Greenup Main Street Program, Danny Craig, has high hopes for the growth of the program.

“We have been doing this for three years, and the response has been really good. Of course, it is all dependents upon the weather,” he said. “The first one always starts out slowly anyway, but it picks up by the end of the summer.’

Craig said the purpose of the monthly event is to give residents something to do that’s enjoyable and interesting with families and friends.

“You can enjoy live music out on the Courthouse Square, and Greenup has a really cool looking downtown. There is a nice vibe going on here, with no floodwalls or railroad tracks blocking the river. People really should get out more and enjoy their downtown.

“Next month is when we have our 5K run, and there were about 500 people for that last year. Downtown was just full.”

Time is the main factor in the growth of the event, Craig said. The additions he expects to add to the event in the future will help growth as well, and as more individuals become involved, then more interest will be generated.

“People are always looking for things to do, and we always have a really good turnout. I think it’s going to take off and just keep growing.”

Anne Stephens, fine arts agent for the Greenup Extension Office, is always excited when Final Fridays begin.

“There is always something at Final Fridays that anyone could enjoy.”

Stephens said the group Mad Dog Mean, which provided April’s live music, is getting ready to release an album through Gary Kesling’s studio, 2 Cat Studio, in Ashland.

Craig and Stephens share confidence in the event’s ability to grow as more people become involved. Downtown businesses extended their hours to accommodate the increased traffic.

Storefronts were decorated and sidewalk displays were set up. The Greenup Lions Club was on hand to sell its signature hamburgers, and residents of Greenup got involved with a golf cart version of a car show.

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