First Friday & Strawberry Festival Combine for 12 Hours of Awesome!

Jun 03

 

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Strawberries are awesome. Festivals are awesome. First Friday is awesome. So it only makes sense that we have combined three totally awesome things in Kokomo on Friday, June 5th for FIRST FRIDAY: STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL! Now, Strawberry Fest isn’t a new concept around Kokomo; in fact, it’s one of our community’s most beloved events. However, for the FIRST TIME EVER, Strawberry Festival and First Friday will team up for 12 hours of fun from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm on the courthouse square!

What’s happening? Well, here is a sampling of the awesome events you’ll find downtown:

ABATE of Howard County Tiny Tots Motorcycle Adventure (Kiddos of all ages get the motorcycle experience w/ the help of certified trainers! It’s the cutest thing.)
– Live music from 11a-11p from TONS of great acts: Joe Cameron Band, Blind Boys & the CNI Dogs, Gary Rhum & Friends, Rhum Academy student performers, Josh Mast, Obtuse the Magician, Doc and Vic, and MORE!
– 2 kids’ bounce houses from Judson Road Christian Church & Morningstar Church
Kokomo Farmers’ Market vendors and fun!
Pedal ‘n Park bike parking locations – free, safe locations for you to park your bicycle and cruise around downtown! Edward Jones Financial Advisor David E. Granger will be providing trail maps and handling bike registration, so leave your car at home and enjoy the beautiful weather on our gorgeous trails!
– DELICIOUS food trucks will be setting up shop to give you great lunch options:  Hawg Heaven, Kona Ice, George’s Kitchen, Angelo’s Italian, Belly Busters, Baja Salsa, and more!
– Of course.. what else but the theme of the event? AMAZING strawberry shortcakes w/ strawberries from Moore’s Pie Shop, ice cream from Glover’s, and homemade Amish shortcakes from Millerview Amish School

Then, beginning at 5:30 pm, our First Friday venues come out to play! Just a few of the many things you’ll find:

– Donut-eating contest to honor National Donut Day at Gingerbread House Bakery, 6:00 pm
– Fascinating hair show and Strawberry Shortcake appearances from Fade Salon, courthouse square
– Free G.I. Joe action figure giveaway at Kokomo Toys, while supplies last
– Strawberry Festival Royalty Contest, crowning the King, Queen, Prince, Princess, and Berry Cutest Baby of Strawberry Festival at Legacy Boutique & Gallery. Nominations can be submitted now through 4 pm on June 5, with the contest beginning at 5:00.
– Free Scruff McGruff (remember him?! the Crime Fighting Dog!) kids ID kits and a police meet-and-greet at Lytle, Williamson & Teal
– Free wooden toolbox craft for Father’s Day at Carpenters Local 615, while supplies last. Build Dad’s gift and make it a lifelong memory!
– Free native plant giveaway and pollinator info sessions at Kokomo-Howard County Public Library. Learn about the impact pollinators, like bees, have on our ecosystem and how you can use your native plant to help!
– GRAND OPENINGS! We have SO MUCH going on in downtown these days, so we want to highlight that you should check out a few new additions – new outdoor apparel retailer P.F. Hendricks & Co. will host its grand opening ribbon cutting at 5 pm, while new-to-the-block venues 3 Amigos Mexican Grill and Jitterbug & Co. will participate in their 1st First Friday with us! We hear that 3 Amigos will be featuring strawberry margaritas and other fruit-themed drinks for your tasty enjoyment!
– A super-cute “Pocket Park” will display local art between Jamie’s Soda Fountain and Walt Moss Barber Shop, brought to you by Kokomo Art Association and Fortune Companies
The District will be featuring live music from the Upright Willies for its 1-year anniversary celebration!
The Coterie will have an excellent line-up of strawberry craft cocktails, including Strawberry Sake Bombs, all infused with local strawberries
Red Door Vardo Arts & Movement will be engaging the crowd with belly dancing, juggling, a drum circle, swing dancing, and more!

Remember: First Friday and Strawberry Festival are ALWAYS FREE – no admission fees to attend! You’ll pay just $5 for a strawberry shortcake dessert, with tickets available at the event or pre-sale locations: The Coterie, The District, First Farmers Bank & Trust locations, The Foxes Trail, Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Rhum Academy of Music, Nick Pate Insurance & Financial Services, and the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance office on Main Street.

Thanks to our AMAZING sponsor First Farmers Bank & Trust, plus our partners: Meijer, St. Vincent Kokomo, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Kokomo, Indiana American Water, Hague Water Quality of Kokomo, Wel-Don Pots, Young’s Culligan, Hoosier AM/FM Media, City of Kokomo, Howard County, Kokomo Tribune, and the Kokomo Perspective.

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