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Midway begins new summer event

Special to The Sun Midsummer Nights in Midway will be kicking off a series of three music events on Midway's downtown Railroad Street this Friday, June 24. Midsummer Nights in Midway is a Midway Renaissance project that intends to show off downtown Midway and provide entertainment for Midway residents and visitors to Midway. Midsummer Nights in Midway will be very similar to the successful Furlong Fridays event that was held a couple of years ago. That event sponsored by then-Mayor Tom Bozarth and friends brought music to Midway's downtown area every second Friday of the summer months. This year's Midsummer Nights' project will feature three events including this Friday's event. The other dates are July 22, featuring the band Superfecta, and Aug. 19, showcasing the Shades of Grass. Midway Renaissance president and Midsummer Nights in Midway chairwoman Jo Blease has been meeting with committee members Steve and Julie Morgan, Lee and Sara Busick, Sandra Darneal, and John McDaniel, and working with Midway Mayor Grayson Vandergrift to expand the event. Midway retail stores will be staying open to allow visitors to visit their stores and pick up at ticket to submit for hourly drawing for door prizes. There will be pop-up fair events, bubbles, a mist canopy and hoola hoops and face-painting for the little ones, and a 12-foot-tall balloon man. Tents have already begun to set up to introduce local non-profits. There will be an information tent to help find lost parents if they begin wandering off. The popular Bluegrass Band Shades of Grass will be playing from 7 to 10 p.m. Chairwoman Jo Blease said, "If that's not enough activity there will also be a mini farmers' market, some classic cars to look at, and remember, everyone can eat at one of our famous Midway restaurants. Each restaurant will be featuring a special Midsummer Night in Midway cocktail, a brand new, never-before-served drink." The stores and restaurants will be open all day. Vendor set-ups will be open at 5 p.m. and the music will begin at 7 p.m. Committee members Lee and Sara Busick have designed a special Midsummer Nights in Midway t-shirt that started selling Monday at the Midway City Hall. They will also be available Friday night during the event. The t-shirt is $20 (payable by cash or check). All proceeds from the t-shirt will support the missions of Midway Renaissance.

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