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First Friday to feature Festival of Fitness, sports exhibit

ASHLAND, Ky. — This month’s First Friday will be focused on hometown spirit.

The festival will be held in downtown Ashland from 5 to 9 p.m. this Friday in conjunction with Festival of Fitness, hosted by Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities.

Festival of Fitness features over 20 local businesses and organizations that advocate for health and wellness in the community. Available First Friday activities will include pickleball and tennis demonstrations, health screenings, cooking demonstrations, dance performances by Ashland Youth Ballet students and a children’s obstacle course.

In addition, those attending First Friday will be able to view The Highlands Museum and Discovery Center’s featured traveling Smithsonian exhibit, “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America” for a discounted admission of $3. The exhibit is on display until May 19.

Ashland in Motion Director Whitney Lowe said she expects a nice turnout for the festival.

“Attendance was good for the first month and we anticipate an even better one for May,” she said.

First Friday also falls on Star Wars Day and will include activities surrounding the media franchise. Community Assistance and Referral Service (CAReS) will host Star Wars trivia at Blazer's Restaurant and Bakery with site registration starting at 6:30 p.m. and the game starting at 7 p.m.

Lynn Childers, director of CAReS, said registration is $60 for a team of four and $20 per person. Three rounds will be completed and the team with the highest score total will win a trophy.

CAReS is a community-based nonprofit agency located at The Neighborhood that identifies, coordinates and mobilizes resources for individuals and families in emergency/crisis situations. Childers said all funds raised will go back to CAReS to help keep services going.

“The services we provide like baby items, utility assistance rental assistance, food, medications, it all goes towards keeping that going, keeping CAReS open so that we are able to help those in need,” she said.

CAReS will also be hosting a Star Wars costume contest at the restaurant for an entry fee of $10. For more information call CAReS at (606) 324-2949 or visit its Facebook page.

The Ashland Public Library will also be brining the Imperial Legion to First Friday to host a light saber training course inside the First Presbyterian Church basement, located at 1600 Winchester Ave. Children’s activities including “Brain Games” and popular tech gadgets Ozobot and Sphero will be available in the church as well.


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