Alliance switches to Final Fridays in 2024

ALLIANCE − First Friday is now Final Friday.

The last Friday of every month will feature a celebration of art, music, food and shopping on East Main Street in the city's downtown.

The event will run 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. It'll feature a community food drive and team art sculpture competition.

The organizers, Main Street Alliance, changed the monthly celebrations for 2024 to get away from competing with similar events in nearby communities. For example, Canton has First Friday, which is popular, and Louisville has Second Friday.

No one was celebrating Final Friday.

A digital poster for Main Street Alliance's Final Friday event, which will run 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23, 2024, on Main Street in downtown Alliance.
A digital poster for Main Street Alliance's Final Friday event, which will run 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23, 2024, on Main Street in downtown Alliance.

The change "allows us to work together with our neighboring communities rather than work against them," said Faye Roller, a Main Street board member and vice president of marketing and development for Alliance Area Chamber or Commerce.

Alliance began celebrating First Friday in December 2022. Canton's First Friday has been around for at least 10 years.

Dalton Rininger Kline, chairman of Main Street Alliance and vice president of the Alliance Area Preservation Society, said the city's event couldn't compete with Canton's draw. He said organizers believe the move to the last Friday of every month eliminates that problem. He said visitors and vendors won't have to choose.

The group hopes Final Friday attracts more people to explore, dine and shop in the downtown area.

"With Final Friday, we're asking people to reintroduce themselves to our downtown," Rininger Kline said. "Even to just grab coffee and walk around."

Added Roller: "The goal is to help revitalization efforts" downtown.

"We're always looking for new businesses. We would love to have more restaurants downtown," she said.

This article originally appeared on The Repository: Alliance opts for Final Friday event to avoiding competition