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November First Friday a success

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CROWDS: November’s First Friday saw an estimated 600 guests downtown Nov. 1, more than expected.
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SIGNS:After December, the next First Friday won’t be until February.

By Rob Burgess - rburgess@wabashplaindealer.com

November’s First Friday saw an estimated 600 guests downtown Nov. 1, more than expected.

In response to a Plain Dealer request Tuesday, Andrea Zwiebel, executive director of Wabash Marketplace, stated November’s First Friday is usually smaller, “due to the proximity of other events.”

“This free event features downtown shopping, food, live music and children’s activities,” according to an Oct. 23 press release.

She said around 2,000 people attended the Trick or Treat Extravaganza just days before.

December’s First Friday is still in the works. Zwiebel stated the Wabash Rotary Club will host free ice skating again on Miami Street. There will also be an outdoor winter market with vendors.

After that, the next First Friday won’t be until February.

“We skip January because it frequently falls on a holiday and we’ve just wrapped up a very busy season,” stated Zwiebel. “Colder weather usually means fewer outdoor vendors and food trucks. But the shops offer great promotions and host more activities.”

Zwiebel stated they are still looking for community partners for the 2020 First Friday.

“Whether they want to reserve a booth, or host a large-scale activity like a bounce house, or become a marketing sponsor, we are accepting partners now,” she stated.

Zwiebel may be reached by phone at 260-563-0975.