Canton, Woodstock First Fridays to celebrate motorcycles and dogs
by Michelle Babcock
June 05, 2014 04:00 AM | 2842 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The cities of Canton and Woodstock will celebrate the season Friday night, with festivals focused on summer-themed attractions — motorcycles and dogs.

Canton will organize First Friday Bike Night along Main Street in historic downtown, featuring the largest vendor turnout in the program’s history and attractions for the whole family, said Meghan Griffin, Canton Main Street program director.

“I think it’s going to be one our biggest events, ever,” Griffin said. “It should be awesome.”

Downtown Woodstock will organize a Friday Night Live Dog Days of Summer festival, featuring dog-themed activities and a fundraiser for the Cherokee County Animal Shelter.

Kyle Bennett, director of tourism and visitors center operations in Woodstock, said the event will feature a dog talent contest and dog/owner look-alike contest with a $1 entry fee, and proceeds will benefit the Cherokee County Animal Shelter.

“The winners of both contests will receive some cool prizes,” Bennett added in a news release.

Both Friday night festivals will be from 6 to 9 p.m., with downtown merchants staying open late, and craft and food vendors lining the streets.

Canton First Friday Bike Night

Griffin said downtown Canton will be “packed out” with various sponsors and vendors. Killer Creek Harley Davidson will make an appearance, along with more than 50 vendors.

“The past First Friday in May, we had 30 vendors, which was crowded. I think it was the most vendors we had ever had,” Griffin said. “This month, we have 54 vendors. It’s going to be packed. They’ll be up and down Main Street, and they range from professional services to bakeries.”

Griffin said there will be jewelry, decor and home items, along with various other arts and crafts, motorcycle and food vendors.

Griffin said there will be live music off Main Street, and a children’s activity area in the Fincher-Adkins Park, located in the downtown lot where a fire destroyed the Canton Drugstore several years ago.

Volleyball, a “big hit in May,” will return for the event Friday, Griffin said, along with various other family favorites.

“There will be Hula Hoops; there’s going to be a face painter; we’ll have cotton candy,” Griffin said. “Although it is bike night and we’ll have a lot of motorcycles, it’s still a very family-centered event.”

Griffin said it should be a great night for all people to enjoy.

Woodstock Friday Night Live Dog Days of Summer

The streets of downtown Woodstock will also come alive as the city celebrates summer with a dog-themed festival.

The event will feature $1 dog talent and dog/owner look-alike contests, with proceeds benefitting the Cherokee County Animal Shelter.

Bennett said participants should pre-register at the Woodstock Visitors Center, located in the historic Dean’s Store in downtown Woodstock, and dog owners participating in the look-alike contest should bring their pet to have a photo taken for the contest.

Prizes will be given to the winners of both contests, Bennett said.

The event will also feature some on-site pet rescue groups and dog-friendly vendors, Bennett said.

“Some groups to be featured at the event include the Cherokee County Animal Shelter, Dogma Natural Pet Market, Bark Station, Green Pet Rescue, Pur Pals Place, Brixtix Pet Treats, Sneaky Dog Treats and many others,” Bennett said.

Live music will be featured throughout the downtown area, with musicians playing on sidewalks around town, Bennett said.

Artist Kristina Laurendi Havens will also be featured at the event, with some of her paintings on display at Pure Taqueria.

“These paintings will be auctioned off in September to benefit the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village,” Bennett said. “Representatives from Elm Street will be on hand to share the exciting concept drawings and ideas for the center.”

Many other stores in Woodstock will have specials, sales and themed activities during the downtown-wide, dog-themed event.

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