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Evening of Food, Music and Fun Set in Kenton

The Kenton Historic Courthouse District Committee unveiled its new logo Tuesday morning and announced the first Eats on the Street event in June.

There will be a new event this summer in the Historic Courthouse District of Kenton and a new logo to welcome it. The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance announced “Eats on the Street,” a night of food, music and fun around the square.

Alliance President Jon Cross said it is hoped the one-day event will become an annual tradition for downtown Kenton. “Each year we hope to see it grow,” said Cross.

Slated for Friday, June 26 from 5 to 10 p.m., Eats on the Street will feature vintage motorcycles and classic cars. It also will give guests the chance to experience a variety of tasty creations from Columbus food trucks. Those offering their specialties are expected to include The Paddy Wagon, Cold Stone Creamery, Pitabliities, Schmidt’s Sausage Truck, Phillybuster and Sticky Fingers.

A beer tent will be located near the food trucks with draft and craft brew offered to guests.

In addition to the taste treats, there will be live music and an auction of adirondack chairs. The money raised from the auction will be donated to Not By Choice. Marsha Retterer, founder of Not By Choice, said the chairs will be painted by artists from Kudostudios. Six of the Chairs of Hope, she said, will feature the colors and mascots of the six county school districts. Another six will also be available. The chairs are to be located around the square in the weeks leading up to the auction.

There will be activities for the children attending Eats on the Street, said Community Development Director Jacqualine Fitzgerald. A 3-D sidewalk artist will decorate the concrete around the square. A face-painting artist from the Columbus Zoo will transform children into wild animals and a balloon artist will offer children his creations.

Entrance to the activities is free. Main Street between Franklin and Carrol streets will be closed for the event, as will Columbus Street between Detroit and Main.

“This is not specifically a Kenton event,” said Cross. “We hope that everyone in the county and surrounding counties will enjoy the great things happening at this event.”

The Alliance also unveiled its new logo for the Kenton Historic Courthouse District. The blue circular design is the creation of Ohio Northern graduate Wesley Goldsmith.

Teresa Styer, a Kenton councilwoman and member of the Downtown Revitalization Committee, also announced a day set aside to spruce up the downtown area. Planned for May 16, volunteers will mulch, cut weeds, hang flower baskets and clean windows to improve the appearance of the city’s downtown.

More information on volunteering for the cleanup or sponsoring Eats on the Street is available by calling the Alliance at 419-673-4131.