First Friday event post good turnout in Aledo

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Aledo’s second of three First Friday events drew a crowd July 6 despite it coinciding with the Fourth of July weekend.

“I’m really excited about the turnout,” Mayor Kit Marshall said.

The mayor missed much of the first part of the event because she answered to a fire in the area with the emergency response team.

Marshall said although she regretted missing much of the event she was able to assist the fire department.

Starting at 7 p.m., the Southern Heritage Band, which first began in 2000, performed throughout the evening.

Sophie Clark of Judge Mark Riley’s office has been a part of the band for years and said they have taken part in First Fridays since it began.

“Every year it gets a little bigger,” Clark said. “Every year it gets a little better.”

July’s First Friday included the traditional vendors from local businesses and bounce houses but added a golden cowboy as a living statue, a Gamer Tagz truck, an ice cream bus and other attractions. The Aledo Fire Department and the Fire Department International were also on site with equipment

While they did not shoot off fireworks as they did in June, they added a comedic western gunfight with actors from Lagniappe Productions, which started 35 years ago.

Chris Whatley, the marshal in the skit, helped create it 35 years ago and has traveled around the country performing ever since although he is originally from Fort Worth.

Whatley said he enjoyed getting to do the act in Aledo in front of the Aledo Diner.

“It’s fun,” Whatley said. “I always love doing street shows.”

Aledo residents enjoyed it as well as they interacted with the actors, laughed with them and some even jumping in surprise when the guns fired.

For a second year, Aledo also held their Show and Shine car show.

Numerous vehicles were put on display and entered into a contest with prizes awarded by judges and also for the vehicle voted the favorite by the people.

Vehicles of all colors, styles and decades parked with their hoods open so residents could examine them.

A 1967 Shelby GT 500 won first place while a 1979 black 4x4 Chevy van won the people’s choice award.

Karl and Kim Hanlon bought that van, which many have said looks like the black van from the A-Team TV show and movie, just a couple months ago in Buffalo, New York. Kim said it is the first car show they ever took part in and they enjoyed it.

“It’s a ton of fun,” said Kim, who first moved to Aledo in 1991.

Kim said they buy and sell vehicles frequently, but they plan on keeping the van which they have worked on.

At first, Marshall said they were not sure how many vehicles would be there since a car show occurred in Granbury the same weekend.

With the antique cars and the western gun show, Marshall said this month’s even is like a step back in time.

“It speaks to our roots,” Marshall said.

The last First Friday of the year in August will include some water options to keep cool, a watermelon eating contest, a different music artist and other attractions.

“I think it would be boring if they were all the same,” Marshall said.

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