With the unveiling of Millstone Park in early October, Speedy Denny and Richmond Mayor Robert Blythe announced the piloting of the Millstone Festival to celebrate the park's addition at the start of the Christmas Parade on Friday night.
Set almost a year exactly after the park's opening, the city's first festival is scheduled for Oct. 3, 2020, and will feature food vendors, a beer garden, arts and crafts, a 5K race and live entertainment.
"It is going to be fun. We really are going to try and knock it out of the park," Rob Minerich, the city's manager, told The Register.
He said the festival would close down Main Street from Third Street to Collins Street and include First and Second streets over to Irvine Street by the county courthouse.
Minerich said that local brewery Dreaming Creek is going to pilot a Millstone Ale for the event.
When the park's creation was announced back in May, Minerich had hoped then that the park would bring to fruition a festival sparking more community involvement.
"Everyone around us has a festival. There's the Mushroom Festival in Irvine, Spoonbread Festival in Berea and the Beer Cheese Festival in Winchester. We need a festival," he said previously. "Something that people enjoy as (a) community, and we hope to use this as a name to work around for ours."
The city manager said this was just the tip of the iceberg for what the city is going to be doing for revitalization in the downtown area.
For more than six months, the city has brainstormed ideas for the event and hopes to include a space on Main Street and have spots reserved for outside vendors.
"This festival is to celebrate the park, which will be part of the festival's footprint in Richmond," Minerich said. "We are really excited."
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