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First Fridays: Star Spangled Main Street happens tonight

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Erica Vetter, 11, Rebecca Zaslow, 10 and Grace Jones, 11, all of Warrenton, perform a dance on Main Street as part of Excell Dance School.

Old Town Warrenton's First Fridays are underway.

Experience Old Town Warrenton has taken the reins from the Partnership for Warrenton and is now coordinating the summertime First Friday events that have been entertaining families for years.

Now through Oct. 6, Main Street will be shut down to vehicles for pedestrians to celebrate First Friday activities. Merchants will remain open late for wine tastings, sales and special events through the season. The first two First Fridays had a strong community turn out. Nearly 35 vendors, representing businesses throughout the county, lined Main Street. A beer garden, along with food vendors, were available on the east end of the street at the crossroads of Fifth and Main, along with music. At the courthouse on the west end of Main Street, musicians performed outside Allegro and, in June, the Bike Stop set-up a bike rodeo for children in front of their store.

Adele Jackson, Nokesville resident, brought her twin 3-year-old sons to First Friday for the first time in June.

“The boys had a great time meeting all the vendors and playing in the children’s section. I feel so lucky to live so close to such a welcoming, family friendly event,” she said.

In celebration of the Fourth of July, a Star-Spangled celebration is scheduled for tonight's First Friday. A parade honoring our veterans will include a band and color guard, who will make their way down Main Street from the John Barton Payne Building. Wort Hog and Old Busthead breweries will be available at the beer garden, as well as a selection of wines. Children’s activities are scheduled for the Presbyterian Church lawn, and will be sprinkled throughout the event. The Fauquier County Fair Petting Zoo will feature animals to every child’s delight. A pie eating contest is scheduled for our more competitive residents. The Silver Tones Swing Band will be the evening’s musical entertainment.

Allegro will be hosting entertainment once again, and this time they are holding a drawing to win two tickets to all of their ticketed performances of this year.

Old Town merchants will also have a slew of special deals and activities at the upcoming First Friday. Framecraft and Town Duck will be hosting wine tastings, as well as Dejavu, who will also have refreshments and a red, white and blue sale. Latitudes will be doing double loyalty points for every purchase made during the event. On that Friday, Vallie’s Vintage Jewelry will be giving 20 percent of their daily sales to benefit the Fauquier Community Food Bank and Thrift Store. Also, be sure to stop by the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail because they will have free admission during the event.

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