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First Friday celebrates Indianas Bicentennial


It’s Indiana’s birthday, and September’s First Friday event will be the place to celebrate this weekend.

In honor of Indiana’s 200 years, Carpenters Local 615 has constructed an 8-foot by 8-foot birthday card. It will be on display during the 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, event on the Courthouse Square. There’s enough room on the card for the signatures of everyone who attends First Friday.

Also, Gingerbread House will share birthday cake with its first 200 guests, while downtown venues will share displays about what Indiana means to them. There will be historic games and candy as well thanks to Leadership Kokomo.

And all that barely scratches the surface of the fun planned for September’s First Friday event. There will be free caricature drawings from 6 to 8 p.m., and City of Fists is planning a mock roller derby scrimmage. You can also enjoy pulled pork sandwiches from the fourth annual Hawgin’ the Block for Bridges Outreach fundraiser.

Bona Vista Childcare Solutions will host a water and art activity table for children, while characters dressed in period attire will stroll the Courthouse Square in honor of the Howard County Historical Society’s 100th birthday.

With a live performance by Rhum Academy of Music, a tug-of-war exhibition from KoKoMah Living History Encampment and a puppy kissing booth from IUK Phi Sigma Sigma, you may have to hurry to see it all during this month’s First Friday event.

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