ASHLAND, Ky. — Local nonprofit continues tradition of First Friday with all things Kentucky Derby on May 3.
Ashland in Motion will host another First Friday on the eve of the 145th run for the roses on Friday in downtown Ashland from 5 p.m. until midnight.
Whitney Lowe, director of Ashland in Motion, said the downtown block party features a cruise-in, live music, an outdoor beer garden, extended downtown shopping hours and children’s activities.
Lowe said the First Friday Cruise-in welcomes all cars, trucks, jeeps and bikes to display their rides and connect with area car enthusiasts. Lowe said all makes and models are welcome and dash plaques will be given to the first 50 registrants. Lowe said attendees are encouraged to vote for the May’s People Choice Award winner, sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts.
A press release from Ashland in Motion said the cars may begin parking at 3 p.m. on Winchester Avenue between 14th St. and 17th St. Vehicles may enter and exit the venue via 16th St. and Greenup Ave. Winchester Ave. will be closed at 14th St. and 17th St. to ensure pedestrian safety. Registration is $5 and enters vehicle owners into a nightly door prize drawing said the press release.
The Fat Patty’s Beer Garden, located on 15th St. adjacent to the restaurant, will feature outdoor seating along with craft and domestic beer options and food service said the press release. Live music will be performed by The Whipps beginning at 6 p.m. and the Sugarbeats at 8 p.m.
Children are invited to make their own Derby hat inside GetFiddle Custom Shop located at 1549 Winchester Ave. from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. said the press release. Lowe said that the hats and decorations will be provided. Children’s activities are provided free of charge thanks to the generosity of Marathon Petroleum said the press release.