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Friday, July 9th

6-9 PM

The lazy, hazy days of summer are finally here, so head on over to downtown Greenville to make your memories of winter fade away.

For some good old fashioned summer fun, stroll on downtown Friday, July 9th from 6 to 9 pm.

The festivities will be all around downtown, including Darke County Center for the Arts' Barbecue & Blues. There will also be a water balloon toss, lawn games, and special programming from Darke County Parks. 


Join DCP on the Courthouse lawn for three special events - Animals of Darke County Meet & Greet (6:15 p.m.), Bicycle Safety (7:15 p.m.) and Kayaking Safety (8:15 p.m.).

If you have a child that likes to ride a bicycle, get there early. DCP will be handing out free bicycle helmets while they last.


DCP will also be working with our local businesses to host Animal Tracks. Children are invited to go to these businesses and make a “rubbing” with a provided crayon. Collect all of the tracks and bring them back to the courthouse lawn where the naturalist will present them with a prize. Stop in at the Hive Collective, Welcome Center, The Natural Path, The Countryside Bike Shop and The Coffee Pot.

Main Street Greenville will also be offering a water balloon toss contest at YOLO Park starting at 6:30 pm! Grab a friend and see if you can go the distance without letting your balloon pop. Be sure to wear the appropriate clothes and get wet in the water feature or we will have other water events.

In addition to all the activities listed above, many downtown businesses will be open late for all to enjoy, so make reservations for dinner and explore the shopping experiences offered.

Who is the fastest cookie eater? We will find out 6 p.m. on Friday, July 9 when Beanz Buttercream Bakery hosts its cookie eating contest. They already have their 12 contestants picked, but it is going to be a lot of fun to see who wins this high calorie, fast-paced event. The event will take place at the bakery.


Music will fill the air throughout downtown, which means you won’t miss a thing happening at DCCA’s Barbecue & Blue. If you are attending that event, grab a DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area) cup and head downtown.


If you need a refreshing treat, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will be handing out ice cream beginning at 6 p.m. while supplies last. Make sure you stop by and see them on Fourth Street.

First Friday: Heat Wave is sponsored by Park National Bank

​Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more about the organization, visit www.MainStreetGreenville.org or call 937-548-4998. You can also like the organization on Facebook to receive updates on a regular basis (www.facebook.com/mainstreetgreenville).