GOSHEN — The Fourth of July celebrations are just around the corner, and Goshen's First Fridays' July theme promises to bring an Americana feel to the event with their sixth annual Cruisin' Reunion.
First Fridays, a monthly event organized in downtown Goshen, features live entertainment, food and family-oriented activities. Each month, there is a different theme, and July's theme has been one of the most popular so far, event and media coordinator Kelly Kenny said.
WHAT’S THE CRUISIN’ REUNION?
In 2009, then-event coordinator Don Riegsecker introduced the idea of inviting the public to bring their car and drive up and down Main Street, re-living the old cruising days.
Decades ago, Goshen drew one the largest crowds in the country, according to Goshen police. By 1986, police shut down cruising through tougher law enforcement.
Now the cruisin' reunion has become an annual tradition.
On Friday, the community is invited to bring their car and drive around Goshen's downtown from 5 to 9 p.m. No registration is required.
FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT
•Kukui's Hawaiian Shaved Ice, a business located at 101 Harrison St., in downtown Shipshewana, will have a stand along Main Street Friday.
•For the first time, El Duranguenze, 113 W. Washington, Goshen, will have a food truck that the event.
•The Goshen Historical Society, 124 S. Main St., Goshen, will be selling popcorn from an old-time popcorn machine in the museum. Bags of popcorn will cost 50 cents. local group Waterbound will be playing inside the museum.
•Ben's Pretzels, local pretzel business with various locations throughout Elkhart County and surrounding areas, will have a stand out on Friday. Proceeds from the sales will go to Ryan's Place.
•Other food stands at the event will include Gold Star Kettle Corn, The Exchange Club, Bower's Food Trailer and LifePoint Church.
•Denny Diamond and the Jewels, a Neil Diamond tribute band from Chicago, will play on the Courthouse Lawn.
•Three writers will be signing copies from their latest work at Better World Books, 215 S. Main St., Goshen, from 6 to 8 p.m. Featured will be Mark Aikins, author of “Bru and Bacchus”; Chris Katsaropoulos, author of “Antiphony”; and Tracy Richardson, author of “The Field.”