GOSHEN – One of Goshen’s biggest celebrations begins tonight.
Celebrate Goshen, the city’s First Fridays of July celebration, is dedicated to the sights, sounds and tastes of the city. The celebration begins at 5 p.m. with the annual car show.
The first Celebrate Goshen Auto Show is an opportunity for car enthusiasts to bring their beloved vehicles downtown, but also to discover other local beauties. It replaces the cruise on the first Friday of July organized before the pandemic.
Vehicles will arrive between 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. for parking, judging and presentation will take place between 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and winners will be announced at 8:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. and stay parked. until 9 p.m. Auto show categories and awards include Best of Show, People’s Choice, Import, Antique, Classic, Custom, Muscle and Motorcycle.
Vehicles must drive autonomously and not be towed, no broken or chipped windows are allowed. Vehicles must also be free of leaks and other major mechanical issues that can leave hazardous materials. No burnout, judge bribery, hate speech, politically affiliated stickers or decorations (American flags are great), accessories or decorations on the exterior of the vehicle are allowed. Competitors may bring a chair to sit next to their vehicle. The interior of the vehicle should be clean and free of debris.
The assigned vehicle number must be fully visible at all times and the event is rain or shine. No refunds will be offered.
Space for the car show is limited, so applicants are encouraged to register early. Registration on the day of registration may be available if places are open at https://downtowngoshen.org/events/2022-july/register-to-participate. Drive-in to the show is $15 and provides access to the main downtown parking lot on Main Street. Participants will be accepted the same day, space permitting.
Free live music will also be streamed throughout the night with Rebel Noire and the Complices from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and The Broken Lifters from 7-9 p.m.
There will also be an outdoor food court with take-out meals on West Washington Street. Participating organizations include All Over Creations, Ben’s Pretzels, CCW Root Beer Floats, Golden Star Kettle Corn, Jake’s Foods, Lifepoint Church, Rulli’s Pizza, Smothered and Covered, Sweazy Q Catering, That Guys Gourmet Ribs and Weiner Shack.
Goshen Health Systems sponsors a dedicated space for mothers and caregivers. The tent, located in the 100 block of East Washington Street, offers private spaces for nursing mothers, changing tables, and free diapers and wipes. A First Fridays Attendant will man the tent to provide additional support to families.
City Art Garage, 233 S. Main St., artists Mark Daniels, Trevor Daugherty and Lindsey Monge will offer their works for sale. There will also be interactive art, including caricatures and henna for purchase.
Cornerstone Christian Community, 110 S. Fifth St., will be offering free all-American hot dogs in a barbecue from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. or until exhaustion.
fable books, 215 S. Main St., will host Kate Berkey, co-author of “A Place Called Braverly,” and Kelly Wisement, author of “Katie Ladybug” from 6-8 p.m. for a Meet the Authors event and book signing.
Goshen Historical Society, 124 S. Main St., has a new exhibit as well as prints of paintings by Don Sheline. Many of these prints have a classic car captured in them. There will also be a static display of classic cars in front of the museum.
Gochen Theater, 216 S. Main St., will air “Blue Skies,” a cabaret exploring “The Great American Songbook” with Carrie Lee Bland-Kendall after First Fridays at 9 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit goshentheater.com/events.
ignition music garage, 120 E. Washington St., will be offering discount bins containing $3 and under BOGO records and 10% off compilation records.
The imaginary corner 111 E. Washington St., will have a free activity for children from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The nut store, 204 S. Main St., will have free samples, plus special promotions over the weekend and buy 1 pound, get a free half pound sale.
Woldruff shoes and clothing, 129 S. Main St., will have $10 off all shoes, including sale items.