GOSHEN — Downtown Goshen’s newest two-day event will provide plenty to do this weekend for patrons of August’s First Fridays.
The SandBlast Outdoor Summer Sports Festival kicks off Friday, Aug. 2 and will continue through Saturday afternoon.
The highlight of the weekend’s events will be a double-elimination sand volleyball tournament on Main Street.
Sand will be brought in Friday and spread in the 200 and 300 blocks of Main Street, where two separate volleyball tournaments will be played.
There will be a four-on-four competitive level tournament as well as a six-on-six recreational level tournament. Medals will be awarded for each team that places in the top three, while second place will recollect their entry fee of $150 and first place takes home $300.
The tournament will run through 5:15 p.m. Saturday, with the awards ceremony following closely behind at 5:30 p.m.
While the competition rages, funk band The Main Squeeze will perform just up the street on the courthouse lawn.
Originally from Bloomington and now residing in Chicago, The Main Squeeze will begin a two-hour set at 7 p.m. Friday night.
Saturday will provide more volleyball entertainment, as well as a chance to win a diamond wedding ring set from Sorg Jewelers in the 2013 Sorg Jewelers Diamond Dash.
Those participating will compete in an Amazing Race-like event that will take them through 10 different challenges. After registering, contestants will receive text message clues to lead teams to their next destination.
The first team of two to complete all the challenges will win the wedding ring set.
During Friday and Saturday’s tournaments, the 200 and 300 blocks of Main Street will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. Friday. The intersection with Jefferson Street will be reopened Friday night after the event, but will close again Saturday morning while the tournaments are concluded.
Gina Leichty, head of Downtown Goshen Inc., said Main Street will reopen for good between 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday, depending how long it takes to get the sand removed.
For more information on August’s SandBlast Outdoor Summer Sports Festival and its events, visit www.cityonthego.org/first-fridays.
Friday, Aug. 2
4 p.m.: Volleyball tournament check-in, Main Street
5 p.m.: Volleyball competition begins, Main Street
5:30 to 6 p.m.: B.A.D. Entertainment Dance Team, courthouse lawn Main Stage
5:45 p.m.: Veggie Tales movie blast, 203 N. Fifth St.
6 to 9 p.m.: Three-point shooting competition, corner of Lincoln Avenue and Fifth Street
7 to 9 p.m.: The Main Squeeze concert, Courthouse lawn Main Stage
Saturday, Aug. 3
11 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.: Volleyball competition, Main Street
1:30 p.m.: Diamond Dash competition check-in, Sorg Jewelers, 120 S. Main St.
2:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Diamond Dash
5:30 to 6 p.m.: Volleyball awards ceremony
Friday and Saturday: Guest author Elaine Jarvis, Better World Books, 215 S. Main St.