The Union Recorder

July 4, 2013

First Friday gives salute to local heroes

Shawn Humphrey
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Milledgeville will honor the contributions of local heroes with a patriotic ‘Made in America’ First Friday theme. 

The theme incorporates patriotic events and activities and honors the everyday heroes of Baldwin County, including firefighters, police officers and EMTs.

Everyone is also encouraged to wear patriotic-themed clothing and come out to show support for local heroes, and for children to gain an appreciation for the heroic efforts of these men and women to keep the community safe.

Sparky the Fire Dog will be on hand as well.

The Milledgeville Police Department's Explorer Program, a program for anyone ages 14 to 20 interested in law enforcement, will also be downtown patrolling the area during the events.

Other patriotic events include an arts and crafts area set up by the Oconee Regional Medical Center Kids Corner, where children can decorate fans in red, white and blue and add their mark to a patriotic banner to be displayed downtown.

“We want people to come out and enjoy a patriotic evening downtown. The kids will have plenty to do and explore and there will be great entertainment for everyone,” said Carlee Schulte, director of Milledgeville Main Street.

Musical guests will include the local band Fall Line Ramblers. Ericka Shinholster and Carlos and Friends will also play for crowds in front of Capital City on Hancock Street.

Another highlight of July’s First Friday will be the Help Camden Find a Cure organization.

Camden Sanders is a local child who was diagnosed with cystinosis in 2010 at age 4. The non-profit was formed by his dad, John, to help raise money to fight this disease and raise awareness. He and his son will sell cotton candy at the ORMC Kids Corner, and all proceeds will go to support the organization in Camden’s honor. 

The Fall Line Famers’ Market at First Presbyterian Church will feature fresh fruits and vegetables and baked goods. Live music will be provided by Moe Jonez. 

“First Fridays encourage the celebration and exploration of all that downtown Milledgeville has to offer,” Schulte said.

“Participating First Fridays merchants, restaurants, cultural venues and nightlife hot spots stay open late, present special events, and offer discounts on the first Friday of every month, making downtown Milledgeville an ideal destination for an evening out.”

For any more information call Milledgeville Main Street at (478) 414-4014.

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