First Fridays Kicks off the Season with Kickflips and Superwhips

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First Fridays opens its 2024 season this Friday, May 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Downtown Columbia City. Columbia City Connect’s beloved community event kicks off with the theme “Pedals and Petals.”

“Pedals and Petals” will feature a BMX stunt show, free bike helmets to the first 150 kids, live music, a plant sale and swap, downtown businesses with First Fridays specials, food trucks and vendors.

The Wonder Wheels BMX Stunt Team performs jaw dropping tricks and non-stop action. Riders will perform stunts such as 360’s, superwhips, backflips and bikeflips as they fly 15 ft. in the air. In between
the Ramp Rider’s run, see the technical and artistic Flatland Riding. This spectacular performance runs two shows: 6:45 to 7 p.m. and 7:45 to 8 p.m. The first 150 kids will receive a FREE bike helmet.

Kids can also enjoy the RE/MAX Integrity bounce house for kids for FREE and Equestrian Dreams will have horse rides.
Plant enthusiasts will enjoy a plant sale and swap.

Giving Gardens of Indiana will be passing their plants for their Annual Plant Giveaway! You MUST REGISTER to get the free 4 pack of plants. Register at:

Master Gardeners of Whitley County and community members will have booths at the Plant Sale and Swap.

Bravo Floral is offering a chance to make your own bouquet.

Evan Lee & Co will be the music performers for our May First Fridays event. They have a Neosoul/Funk sound that is like none of the other bands we’ve had. Evan Lee & Co features members of Pink Droyd, Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra and The Be Colony. You will not want to miss this act.

Columbia City Connect
Comprised of a team of residents, business owners, property owners and community leaders, Columbia City Connect is working to ensure downtown Columbia City is an exciting place to live, work, shop, dine, visit and play. They serve as a resource to businesses in the downtown area by leading a movement committed to elevating and energizing our community. Columbia City Connect is proud to be one of many groups and organizations who work together to ensure the vitality of our community.

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