On the Road with Big Blue – First Friday and Christmas in July!


Its a busy weekend in Knox County! Join the Big Blue Crew as we head out on the road!

July First Friday kicks off tomorrow evening at 6pm. The Big Blue Crew will be in downtown Mount Vernon from 6 to 9pm. Stop by to register for our “Clean Up, Dress Up, Freshen Up” prize basket. Check out our website for more information, HERE!

Plus, and MTV Arts’ Bye Bye Birdie Opens at 7:30 pm. For more information about the show and to purchase tickets, visit their website, HERE! To listen to our conversations with the cast, click HERE!

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On Saturday Knox County celebrates Christmas in July! This is the 34th annual food drive to benefit Interchurch Social Services of Knox County. This year’s goal is $20,000. They accept both food and monetary donations. Here is everything you need to know from collection sites, activities and donation suggestions!

Collection Sites:

Centerburg Service Area, 9:00 am – Noon:

  • Centerburg Post Office
  • Dollar General
  • Hometown Market

Centerburg Service Area 9:00am – 2:00 pm

  • Centerburg Interchurch Office

Danville/East Knox Service Area, 9:00 am – Noon, Cash Donations Only:

  • First Knox National Bank, Danville
  • Killbuck Savings Bank, Danville

Danville/East Knox Service Area, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm:

  • Danville Interchurch
  • Hometown Market
  • Dollar General, Howard
  • Lonsinger Pharmacy

Mount Vernon Service Area, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm:

  • Mount Vernon – Farmer’s Market, Public Square: cash only, 9:00 am – Noon
  • Kroger
  • Lanning’s Foods
  • Mount Vernon Interchurch
  • Baker’s IGA
  • Pakmail
  • Walmart
  • Gambier – Village Market

Christmas in July at Fredericktown

NEW this year is the Christmas in July village-wide event, hosted by the Fredericktown Merchants, from 5:00 – 9:00 pm.  This event will be SO much fun for families. Join the Big Blue Crew for a wide variety of activities:

  • a dunking booth
  • petting zoo
    face painting
  • kids games
  • a “snowball” fight
  • carriage rides
  • an outdoor Christmas movie for all ages at 9pm
  • Santa Claus (in summer style) will be visiting the Interchurch Office.
  • For every 5 food items donated or a $10.00 donation, you will receive a ticket for a quilt giveaway. The quilt is donated by Kathy Toms.
  • The Fredericktown Area Church Association is having a pie auction and bake sale at the Presbyterian Church from 5-7pm.

The Big Blue Crew will be out from 5-8pm next to the Fredericktown Interchurch Office – on the corner of College and Main Streets. Stop by and register to win a special “Clean Up, Dress Up and Freshen Up” prize basket for the family featuring:

  • An entire house cleaning from Carefree Cleaning Company. Amy Kessler gives you 4 hours of house cleaning! (Valued at $100)!
  • Two $15.00 gift certificates for Premier Designs Jewelry with Amberly Frye. (Valued at $30)
  • Six Scentsy Bars from Melissa Dexter, Independent Scentsy Consultant. (Valued at $25)
  • Plus WNZR goodies including an “On the Road with Big Blue” t-shirt, jar opener, keychain, hand fan, cup, Frisbees, chip clips, guitar flyswatter and more! The prize package is valued at over $175!

Suggested donations for the Interchurch Pantries

  • Canned Meat (chicken, tuna)
  • Beef Stew/Hearty Soups
  • Boxed Dinners (Hamburger Helper)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Spaghetti/Spaghetti Sauce
  • Cereal (hot & cold)
  • Noodles/Instant Rice/Potatoes
  • Canned Fruits and Vegetables
  • Personal Care Items
  • Checks should be made payable to “Christmas in July – ISS” and can be mailed to P.O. Box 1052, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

Christmas in July is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Mount Vernon and Knox County and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.


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