First Fridays in Downtown Goshen

By+Grace Hunsberger

FIRST FRIDAYS TRADITION

The organization charged with revitalizing a small (but mighty) Elkhart County town has made a lot of progress in three years.Downtown Goshen Inc. has demonstrated huge successes in marketing Downtown Goshen through First Fridays, the Fire and Ice Festival, and the Façade Incentive Program. Investment in buildings, businesses and infrastructure has continued to expand ­—drawing entrepreneurs, investors, residents and visitors to the City on the Go.

On the First Friday of every month—throughout the year— businesses, artists, and entertainers throw a party in downtown Goshen. Hours are generally from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


UPCOMING EVENTS

DECEMBER 3rd: HOMETOWN HOLIDAY
Get in the holiday spirit at the downtown tree-lighting ceremony at
7 p.m.—complete with holiday carols, Santa Claus and freshly roasted chestnuts. Kids can take part in the FREE “Make a Gift Tour” where they travel from store-to-store making holiday gifts for the special people in their lives. Sponsored by Goshen Chamber of Commerce and City of Goshen.

JANUARY 7th & 8th: FIRE & ICE FESTIVAL
Goshen’s 4th annual ice carving and chili competition kicks off the New Year with one of the most popular First Fridays events, the Fire and Ice Festival.

On Friday, members of the Michiana Ice Carvers Association (MICA) will carve 700-pound blocks of ice in front of downtown stores from 5 – 9 p.m. Watch these sculptures take form while you shop at  downtown businesses offering holiday specials.

On Saturday, venture back downtown to watch artists test their skills with elaborate competition pieces. With more time to sculpt and larger blocks of ice, the artists have time to make truly amazing sculptures. Judges will award cash prizes to the top three contestants.

To keep everyone warm and fed, downtown restaurants will compete in the Chili Fire Competition Saturday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free tastings are available (tickets required—only 500 will be available and may be picked up at the Fire & Ice Festival Headquarters located in the lobby of the Goshen Theater, 216 South Main Street). Tasters can vote for their favorite chili at Festival Headquarters. The winner will be announced on Washington Street Saturday at 2 p.m. Sponsored by Best Western Hotel, Middlebury Electric, Inc. and Troyer Foods.

FEBRUARY 4th:  4f - FIRST FRIDAYS FREE FILMS
Join us at the Goshen Theater (216 South Main Street) for free
movies. There will be a showing of Up (2009) for kids at 6:30 p.m., and Rebel Without a Cause (1955) for grown-ups at 9 p.m. Concessions will be available. Sponsored by Doug & Angela Nisley and the Goshen Theater.

Visit gofridays.com for a complete entertainment guide.