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“On The Road With Big Blue”
– June First Friday Edition

Join WNZR in downtown Mount Vernon on Friday 6/7 for June’s First Friday!

Downtown Mount Vernon will be busy with activities on Friday (6/7) for the season’s First Friday kick-off.


WNZR will be in downtown Mount Vernon for June’s First Friday!

Look for Big Blue on South Main Street, near the dog fountain. 

            Stop by and register to win a special "Drink Up, Soak Up and Frame Up" prize basket featuring:

                         - One $15.00 gift card to Happy Bean Coffee Shop

                         - A Family 4 Pack of One-Day Passes to the Hiawatha Water Park and Pool (Valued at $32)

                         - An 8 X 10 color portrait from Seavolt’s Studio Photography (Valued at $160)

            Plus, WNZR goodies including an “On the Road with Big Blue" t-shirt, NIV Bible, cups,
            micro-fiber cloths, hand fans, Frisbees, guitar flyswatter, magnets, chip clips and more! The prize package               is valued at over $225!

Thanks to our broadcast partners for their support of our coverage of June First Friday:

Faith Lutheran Christian Preschool

Gospel Christian Life Shop

Griffin Insurance

Knox County Career Center

Knox Public Health

Knox County Veterans Services

Lapp Heating & Cooling

Mohican Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation

Revere Roofing Company

Sojourner's Counseling Services

Starting Point of Knox County

Thom Collier Agent, e-Merge Real Estate Champions

Wendy's of Mount Vernon

First Friday events are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Mount Vernon. Experience Mount Vernon will kick off the year with June’s First Friday and transport visitors back in time!
The theme is "Back to the 80s".

Activities include:


  • Get ready to break out the neon colors and leg warmers because Experience Mount Vernon is turning back the clock to the 1980s for June First Friday, sponsored by Sara Mankins.

  • On June 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the historic streets of Downtown Mount Vernon will be transformed into a nostalgic playground, celebrating the iconic decade of the 1980s.

  • Ten food trucks will be located around Public Square at the Knox Foodies Food Truck Trail, sponsored by Ariel Corporation and Dumbaugh Insurance.

  • Fat Dog Vinyl is hosting a Battle of the Bands at the Burrata Woodfired Main Stage. Talented musicians will compete for the title of best band, playing both covers and original music. The winning group/artist will not only be granted bragging rights but will also be the headlining musical entertainment at August First Friday on August 2nd.

  • Public Square will be alive with activity all evening with the Back to the ‘80s classic car cruise-in sponsored by A+ Autobrokers. Anyone wishing to bring a classic car to the cruise-in may do so by pre-registering at by June  5. Pre-registration is FREE. Cruise-in check-in will begin at 4:30 p.m. on June 7.

  • Remember to check out the Community Corner Stage on East Gambier Street, where the MTVarts cast of FOOTLOOSE will cut loose and perform pieces from their upcoming July show. The crew of the Mount Vernon Music and Arts Consortium will also be on-site at the Community Corner, with their box office open and hosting fun' 80s-themed game shows for all to enjoy!

  • The MVNU Athletics Activity Zone, sponsored by the New Directions Teen Advisory Council, will be on West Gambier Street hosting totally tubular activities for the whole family.

  • The Activity Zone will also feature the Pak United Touch-A-Truck sponsored by CES Credit Union! Be sure to stop by to get a picture with a local first responder and their vehicles.

  • Traffic Details - Starting at 3:30 p.m., parking will close on Main Street from Chestnut Street to Ohio Avenue, including one block east and west, and around Public Square. All parked vehicles should be removed from these streets by 3:30 p.m. Streets will close to all driving traffic at 4:00 p.m.

  • Parking can be found at Public Lots on South Gay and Mulberry Streets as well as any open street parking.

  • Experience Mount Vernon has partnered with Knox Public Health to host a FREE Bike Valet station in the Blue Ash Parking Lot on the corner of East Ohio Avenue and South Main Street. As part of the Active Transportation Plan, both Experience Mount Vernon and Knox Public Health encourage those who can bike to take advantage of this FREE service! Special thanks to Martha Edelblute for the use of the lot.

  • If you have questions, please contact Executive Director Lacey Filkins at 740-393-1481 (call or text) or email

  • WNZR is honored to be a Media Partner for the First Friday Season.

  • Experience Mount Vernon thanks Sara Mankins for her support of First Fridays.


To learn more about First Fridays, or to join the #experience, head to

Save the dates for the Experience Mount Vernon season:

  • July 5: Summer Camp July First Friday presented by Griffin Insurance (Featuring summer camp on the Square)

  • August 2: Dog Days of Summer August First Friday presented by Freedom Fire Protection (Featuring the WNZR annual Dog Parade)

  • September 6: Back to School September First Friday presented by The Freedom Center (Featuring the educational institutions’ department fair)

  • October 4: The 4th Annual Johnny Appleseed Apple Festival presented by The Peoples Bank of Gambier

WNZR thanks our June First Friday Prize Donors:

*Coming Soon*

WNZR thanks these businesses for supporting our broadcast from June First Friday:

*Coming Soon*

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