BUCKHANNON — Jawbone Park has just finished a five-year transformation and is ready for the sixth season of Festival Fridays.
The festivities begin this Friday at Jawbone Park and will continue each week throughout the summer. The opening acts will perform from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. each Friday and the headliners will take the stage from 6 to 8 p.m. The first event this week will feature the Buckhannon-Upshur High School Jazz Band and the bluegrass group Jakobs Ferry Stragglers. Food and vendors accompany the live music.
Festival Fridays run from June 2 to Sept. 8.
CJ Rylands, the executive director of Create Buckhannon, said the idea of Festival Fridays came from the need for a public space for the community.
“We wanted to create an invitation for people to come out in a public space and just talk to each other,” Rylands said. “It was always so heartwarming to hear people say how good it was to see each other because it had been so long.”
The festivals feature local artisans with homemade products and vendors with locally grown agricultural products.
Rylands said the updates to Jawbone Park will make this year particularly special.
“If you could see Jawbone before the changes were made and the way it looks now, it is simply dramatic and we couldn’t be happier,” Rylands said.
Some of the new additions to the park are sidewalks and lights. The seven new lights also have power outlets for vendors to utilize.
Rylands said the festival is a family-friendly activity that everyone enjoys each year.
“We encourage everyone to come down, bring a chair, listen to music and eat quality food with the whole family,” Rylands said. “That’s what this whole event is all about.”