Delaware, Ohio – The Delaware Fire Department will turn up the heat during Main Street Delaware’s Oct. 3 First Friday event by filling the downtown with firefighting equipment and safety demonstrations, including a simulated house fire and fire-extinguisher training.
The family-friendly First Friday also will feature a children’s pumpkin-decorating area with pumpkins donated by Powell-based MadMax Farms, 4140 Clarkshaw Road. For teen-agers, the evening will include an entertainment area hosted by the William Street Lighthouse Youth Program. Sandusky Street will be closed between Spring and Winter streets for the community First Friday celebration, which is sponsored by Barley Hopsters, 1 N. Sandusky St.
“Everyone loves October’s First Friday,” says Frances Jo Hamilton, Main Street Delaware’s executive director. “Children light up as they explore the firefighting equipment and imagine themselves as the heroes who use it, and families benefit from the fire safety tips. The children’s pumpkin decorating area and teen entertainment space are icing on the cake – or whipped cream on the steaming mug of fall hot chocolate.”
For those seeking even more reasons to come downtown, the Main Street Delaware Farmers’ Market continues from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 25 on Sandusky Street.
In November, Main Street Delaware will welcome fall with its Nov. 7 First Friday celebration, sponsored by the Delaware County District Library, and then welcome Santa Claus on Nov. 23 during the 2014 Christmas Parade.This year’s parade theme is “A Super Hero Christmas.” Parade entry forms will be available soon on the Main Street Delaware website, www.mainstreetdelaware.com.
Also to celebrate the season, Main Street Delaware’s Dec. 5 First Friday will feature the lighting of the downtown Christmas tree, complete with carolers, horse-drawn wagon rides, and Santa’s House hosted at the Strand Theatre, 28 E. Winter St. In addition, the community also is invited to join the downtown merchants as they hold a Holiday Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 to help shoppers find the perfect holiday gifts for family, friends, and loved ones.