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Published: Tuesday, 5/21/2013

First Friday funfare returns to Perrysburg June 7

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
A scene from one of last year's First Friday events in Perrysburg. A scene from one of last year's First Friday events in Perrysburg.
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First Fridays in downtown Perrysburg return for the season June 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. in full swing and in unison with Relay For Life.

The east and west sides of Second Street will be closed at Louisiana Avenue.

The west side will feature entertainment at the  gazebo. On June 7, Jeff Tucker on the Beach will perform.

On the east side of Second Street there will be family activities such as a clown and the YMCA fun bus that offers children's activities. There will be   face painting, a climbing wall, a bubble machine, family-fun bouncy house, and a train for kids to ride.

There is no admission fee to attend and participate at First Fridays. There is a charge for items offered by the food vendors. First Fridays are sponsored by Downtown Perrysburg Inc.

Rick Thielen, executive director of Downtown Perrysburg Inc., said each of the First Fridays usually draws about 1,200 to 1,500 people to downtown Perrysburg. With Relay For Life taking place at the Commodore Building on June 7, he is expecting another 1,000. 

"They will start at 5 p.m. [Friday] and walk through Saturday at 5 p.m. walking all night," Mr. Thielen said. "The will have tents and trailers set up at the Commodore Building."

It will the the 16th annual Relay For Life in Perrysburg. 

“We are very excited this year to be in downtown Perrysburg at the Commodore Building and a part of DPI”s First Friday with our 16th Annual Relay For Life," said Marcia Clark,   American Cancer Society development representative. "This overnight event raises money and awareness while serving as a celebration for cancer survivors, a memorial for loved ones lost, and a rally for the community to take up the fight."

Mr. Thielen said it is important that for each First Friday event -- on the First Friday in June, July, August, and September -- the DPI mixes up the entertainment and things to do to keep it fresh. 

Relay For Life will kick things off in June, he said. In September there will be a man vs. food competition with five restaurants taking part. He said there will be different activities such as a petting zoo to keep it interesting and fun. 

“[Downtown Perrysburg Inc.] is proud to continue to partner with our many sponsors, community organizations, local nonprofits, schools, churches, and volunteers in order to create free family events that provide unique opportunities to showcase our community and contribute to the quality of life that makes Perrysburg the best suburban downtown,” said Rob Brunner, Downtown Perrysburg Inc. president.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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