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August First Friday to celebrate dogs and farming

| July 30, 2014

COSHOCTON – The next First Friday will celebrate dogs and farming.

“Dog Days of August is our theme and we will have dog contests with veterinarians like Christy Nicely and Jeff Poland as our judges,” said Cheryl Triplitt Wantuck from Our Town Coshocton, which organizes First Fridays.

Last year 45 dogs were entered into the contests.

“One of the categories is best dressed, but we will have lots of categories and trophies,” Wantuck said.

The August First Friday will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 on Main Street. The dog judging will be from 6 to 7 p.m. on the court square and the event also will include music, food, inflatables, pony rides and train rides.

The community also can learn about farming at First Farm Friday between Third and Fourth streets. Come learn about farm machinery and farm animals and enjoy kids’ activities and free samples.

Did you know that 200 years ago, 90 percent of the U.S.’s population farmed? Today, less than 2 percent of the population farms. Also, thanks to the increase in technology of seed, equipment and other farm supplies, the U.S. has the most abundant food supply in the world.

The evening also will feature a pedal tractor pull at 6 p.m. (registration is from 5 to 6 p.m.) and free Whit’s Frozen Custard to the first 100 kids to get their stamp card filled.

Adults and children both will enjoy displays from many agricultural organizations with information about backyard conservation, canning safety, herbs, local projects, vegetable and flower gardening tips, honey bees, and farm safety.

Come learn about agriculture, which is the number one industry in Coshocton County and Ohio and get an up close view of how today’s farmers do business.

For more information, contact the Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District at 622-8087, ext. 4, or visit www.coshoctonswcd.org or www.facebook.com/CoshoctonSWCD.

The final First Friday of the season will be held Friday, Sept. 5.

“We will have a chair auction and sell other items too,” Wantuck said. “The theme will be Antiques and Uncle Junks and people are welcome to bring and sell what they want. It’s only $5 for a table. It will be all up and down Main Street and just like a flea market.”

The September First Friday also will include an auction of chairs painted by Ridgewood students.

For more on how to get involved in First Fridays, contact Wantuck at 440-666-2652.



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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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