Fairmont First Fridays Promote Community Engagement


Community leaders in Fairmont want residents to get involved, take pride in their community and be part of the movement to help revitalize the city. The First Friday series is one way they said that can happen.

Walk through downtown Fairmont the first Friday of the summer months and you will see musicians, vendors and residents who are excited to be in the city.

“Part of what we’re trying to do with our revitalization efforts is to provide these opportunities for people to come downtown, be downtown and really take stock of their community and what they want from it and then also give them the opportunity just to hang out with their friends in a really fun, relaxing way,” said Emily Swain, Interim Director of Main Street Fairmont.

First Friday is something many cities have started. The purpose for the city is to show off what it has to offer, while residents enjoy their surroundings.

Swain said each year brings new momentum.

“Just to see the growth and momentum that we’ve had, I mean it went literally from like two vendors and a couple of chairs downtown to this great event that’s now taking up Veteran’s Square, which is a great monument in our community,” Swain said.

It also brings a boost to businesses, like the Joe ‘n Throw Co-Op.

“They always need a place to come in, get a cold drink, hang out for a little bit and then go back out and enjoy the music and the arts and the crafts that are over there,” said James Kane, Co-Owner of Joe ‘n Throw Co-Op.

Swain said she hopes to see fresh, new faces downtown this year and a passion for making the friendly city even better.

“This is a really good way to come and stand behind Main Street, come stand behind your town and say I believe in what we’re doing, I’m going to spend my time here, I’m going to bring my family here. I’m going to bring my friends here because I’m invested,” Swain said.

First Friday kicks off at 6:00 pm at Veteran’s Square.

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