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First Friday: Popcorn & Prohibition

FRIDAY, September 1st · 6 - 9 PM

​The 1920s are returning to downtown Greenville during Main Street Greenville's September First Friday event! This event will tell the story of Ida Thomas, Greenville's "Popcorn Lady." This local legend has been all but forgotten by most, but we tell her story and celebrate the spirit of the time by giving away lots of free popcorn, featuring live music, hosting speakeasys and creating a kid-friendly "dry zone!

This uniquely Greenville event will be taking place on Friday, September 1st. from 6 - 9 pm.

Enjoy a late summer sunset while listening to live music and toasting the repeal of prohibition by taking advantage of Downtown Greenville's DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area)!

Main Street Greenville will be giving away free popcorn and telling the story of Ida Thomas at the location of her iconic popcorn stand on the corner of 4th and Broadway in front of the courthouse. Stop by to learn about a local legend and enjoy hot buttered popcorn as you stroll the street and shop at downtown businesses. Many businesses will be open late for First Friday and offering sales and specials. 


First Friday: Popcorn & Prohibition is sponsored by Park National Bank with additional support from Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln.

​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 or call 937-548-4998. You can also like the organization on Facebook to receive updates on a regular basis (

Click on image to enlarge poster and read the story of Greenville's 'Popcorn Lady'

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