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Community celebrates “One Family” in downtown Ashland

ASHLAND, Ky. — Winchester Avenue was a one-stop-shop for food and entertainment at First Friday.

The downtown event was unique to others in the past, acting as a “One Family” celebration following the groundbreaking of Braidy Industries, which occurred Friday afternoon. The evening featured a special appearance from Naomi Judd and live entertainment from Tanya Tucker along with emerging country artist Olivia Ooms.

Local bands Creek Don't Rise, Josh Brown & The Hard Livin’ Legends and the Bronson Arroyo Band also took the stage. Other event amenities included food trucks, vendors and a car show.

Rita McAllister said she came down for the music.

“I said, ‘that Tanya Tucker has to put on a good concert, there’s no way she couldn’t,’” she said, anticipating her performance.

John Downey said he was looking forward to seeing Judd.

“I think (the performers are) going to be good. They sound real good so far from what I’ve heard,” he said as the evening began.

Sitting in the stage area, Roland Sturgill talked about his thoughts on the Braidy Industries aluminum mill saying he was fortunate to have good job before retiring and hopes others have the same opportunity.

“It’ll be great for the community,” he said.


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