First Friday

ASHLAND Ashland in Motion is partnering with community organization Healthy Communities, Healthy Choices to present the annual Festival of Fitness and hosts a Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition along with Ashland artist and business owner Christy Harris during August’s First Friday.

First Friday takes place this Friday in downtown Ashland on Winchester Avenue. Activities begin at 5 p.m. and run until midnight.

Festival of Fitness will feature over 20 fitness activities, demonstrations and health information opportunities free to area residents. Activities will be geared to all fitness levels, so that beginners and more advanced individuals may participate.

Featured Festival of Fitness organizations include: 606 Cycling; Aetna Better Health; Ashland Foundation for Children with Disabilities; Ashland Youth Ballet and Regional Dance theatre; Ashland Area YMCA; Ashland Boyd County Health Department; Bless Your Heart; Boyd County Public Library; Brown Dog Yoga; Eternal Yoga and Pilates; Firm Fitness; Grizzle Soccer, LLC; Greenup County Extension Office; Greenup County Health Department; Hope Centrals Grow Team; King’s Daughters Medical Center; Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital; Primary Care Plus; Ramey-Estep Homes; River Cities Soccer Club; and United Way Northeastern Kentucky.

Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities is comprised of members throughout the Tri-State region. The mission of the organization is to improve the health of our communities through collaboration, education, prevention and access to healthy choices.

The Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition will feature 12 local and regional artists competing for the chance to win cash prizes. Participating artists are: Lee Ann Blevins; Corey Bond; Faith Fountain; Lisa Huff; Lacy Justice; Marlee Kiser; Courtney Lewis; Lizzy Salyers; Sydney Shae; Jeromy Spradlin; Karina Yates; and a team sponsored by Pathways.

Chalk artists will work directly on the sidewalks of Winchester Ave. beginning at 3 p.m. Artists will be assigned at 5’x5’ space. Judging begins at 7 p.m. and winners announced at 8 p.m. The community is invited to watch the artists at work and vote for their favorite piece.

First, second and third place winners will be selected by a panel of judges. People’s Choice Award winner will be voted by the public. First place winner will receive $200; second place winner will receive $100; third place winner will receive $75; and People’s Choice Award winner will receive $50.

The First Friday Cruise-in welcomes all cars, trucks, jeeps and bikes to display their rides and connect with area car enthusiasts. All makes and models are welcome. Dash plaques will be given to the first 50 registrants.

Cars may begin parking at 3 p.m. on Winchester Avenue between 14th St. and 17th St. Vehicles may enter and exit the venue via 16th St. and Greenup Ave. Winchester Ave. will be closed at 14th St. and 17th St. to ensure pedestrian safety.

Registration is $5 and enters vehicle owners into a nightly door prize drawing.

The Fat Patty’s Beer Garden, located on 15th St. adjacent to the restaurant, will feature outdoor seating along with craft and domestic beer options. Live music will be performed by Gypzy Roze beginning at 6 p.m. and Rock Bottom at 9 p.m.

Getfiddle Custom Shop located at 1549 Winchester Ave. will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a celebration coinciding with First Friday. The Settlement, a funk-fusion jam band from Huntington, will perform at 5 p.m. Door prizes will be given away throughout the evening including a brand-new Ibanez electric guitar giveaway. Entry into the guitar giveaway if free; winner must be on-site to receive prize. Customers will also receive an additional entry into the giveaway raffle for every $25 dollars they spend at Getfiddle Custom Shop. Guitar giveaway will be announced at 7 p.m.

Downtown shops and restaurants will feature extended shopping and dining hours. The Camayo Arcade will host a complimentary wine bar and an acoustic music set performed by Wiley Dew from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

August’s First Friday will feature water activities and inflatables for children. Unicorn and rainbow water sprinklers will be located on the grass area of Judd Plaza and are free to children. Water slides and inflatables are located on Judd Plaza and 16th Street and are hosted by BC Tool & Party Rental. Inflatable jumping is unlimited during the event and is $5 per child. Guardians are responsible for children supervision and encouraged to bring swimwear and towels.

Ashland Family Resource Center will also be on-site during First Friday to promote the “Stuff the Bus” initiative. The Resource Center will be accepting donations of school supplies for local students and families. Ashland Family Resource Center school bus will be located near Judd Plaza. For more information on acceptable donations please contact AFRC at (606) 327-2797.

For more information regarding First Friday opportunities and activities, contact ashlandinmotion@gmail.com/ or visit www.ashlanndinmotion.org/.