It was the kind of heat that made moving too fast feel painful and brought out the lazy in people.
Ironically, the theme for this evening’s First Friday event on Louisiana Avenue in downtown Perrysburg was “Get Fit and Have Fun.”
But despite the high temperatures, the festivities went on as planned and were, so far, without any problems, said organizers from Downtown Perrysburg Inc., which runs the event on the first Friday of every month from June through October.
Attendance was down from past First Friday events, most likely because of the heat.
“The only reason I’m here is to help serve people and hang out with people,” said Pastor Bill Herzog from Vineyard Church as he passed out free water bottles to passers-by. “I wouldn’t normally be out here in 100-degree heat.”
He had about 400 bottles on stash.
Vendors handed out free jump ropes and gave health screenings. The family activities on the schedule included a one-mile race and a Zumba dance-a-thon.
Denise Coressel, of Perrysburg, wasn’t scared off by the heat.
She needed a fun activity for her two young grandchildren, ages 3 and 14 months, who were visiting from North Carolina.
“They’ve been cooped up all day because of the heat,” she said. “It’s too bad it’s so hot tonight.”
Mindy Russell, who runs Big Daddy Graphics with her husband, sold shirts and hats with the Perrysburg school logo printed on them. It was a relief she was selling the memorabilia on the sunny side of Louisana Avenue.
“That would be terrible to be over there,” she said about the other side of the street that was covered in the scorching sun. “We’d be melted.”