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Downtown will be hopping: Music, dance and A Taste of Ironton returns

Downtown Ironton will see a lot of events before the end of the month including bands, dance and the return of A Taste of Ironton.

Tonight at 6:30 p.m., the band Star 69 will perform at the pavilion at Depot Square on Second Street as part of the Ironton aLive’s Tuesday Night Summer concert series.

Next Tuesday, the Rich Collins Three-O will perform.

Ironton aLive and Studimo Productions produce the Ironton Tuesday Night Summer concert series. This year’s sponsors are Glockner of Ironton, Phillips Funeral Home, Gold Street Muffler, Central Hardware, Citizens Deposit Bank, Holiday Inn of Ironton, Perry Distributing, J&J General Maintenance, Armory Smoke House, Portable Solutions Inc., and Scherer Mountain Insurance.

On Saturday, Cyndi’s Dance Studio will perform at 11 a.m. at the Ironton Farmers Market.

“They are always a hit and we appreciate their support,” said Sam Heighton, executive director of Ironton aLive.

He added that the farmers market vendors are getting in more homegrown produce with a lot more coming in as it gets closer to July.

“Meanwhile, our vendors are bringing us some great out of area produce. We have a nice mixture of produce, baked items, crafts and flowers,” Heighton said. “Plan on spending the morning, have breakfast at the Iron Town Coffee Lab and Black Bear Bakery items then to the market to enjoy our great vendors and the dancers. Bring the kids.”

Next Saturday, A Taste of Ironton returns from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. with an expanded number of restaurants.

“We have spread out to other restaurants in the area that are locally-owned and want to take part,” Heighton said, adding that the Ironton aLive’s Facebook pages will have updates and menus for people to look over.

Ticket books are available at Unger’s Shoe Store, Dick’s Music, The Vault and Treasures from the Valley.

“Ironton aLive will be selling booklets at the Farmers Market on Saturday,” Heighton said. “And if you have a food establishment and would like to take part in the event you can pick up an application there, too.”

Also happening next Saturday it the first Ohio River Revival. The event is free and family friendly.

It will feature 10 bands including String Therapy, Town Mountain, Restless Leg String band, Shelf Life String Band, Sour Mash String Band, Charlie Woods and Deep Hollow, Knockin’ Spirits, Moonshine Crossing and The Candy Ass Mountain Boys.

The festival will be taking place at Center Street boat landing.

“So, the downtown will be a busy place on June 29 and a good place to be,” Heighton said. “So get your taste of Ironton, then shop the market, go down to the river and enjoy the music. There will be food trucks available and our many fine restaurants that you had your sample from earlier will be ready to serve you dinner.”