NEWS & UPDATE

Downtown Fremont Inc. to Host Car Show, Farmers Market & Community Kickoff Party

Downtown Fremont Inc. will be hosting its first Croghan Colonial Bank Farmers Market and the Fremont Federal Credit Union will have the 1st Car Show of the 2024 season, on the streets of Downtown Fremont on Saturday, June 15, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Farmers and vendors will be selling produce and other unique items.  Attendance at the Farmers Market and registration for the car show are free and the events are rain or shine. 

Check-in for the Car Show contestants will be on the day of the event. The Car Show entrance is different this year. We will be entering from the west at State Street to Park Ave and from the east via Miles Newton Bridge to Birchard Avenue.  Judging will occur at 12:00pm with trophies awarded shortly thereafter. Dash plaques and goodie bags will be given to the first 150 participants to pre-register and there will also be a 50/50 raffle.  Food trucks and special vendors will be a part of the car show also. 

T-shirts for the Car Show can be purchased this year through the following link for $15.00 a piece: https://downtownffcucarshow24.spiritsale.com   

This will be the first of three car shows hosted in Downtown Fremont and sponsored by Fremont Federal Credit Union.  Other shows are Saturday, July 6, 2024, and Saturday, September 14, 2024, from 5-8pm on Front Street.  “LIKE” Downtown Fremont Car Show on Facebook for further information.

Downtown Fremont Inc. also has many more free events planned in the upcoming months, so stay tuned and follow us on social media.

Join us at the new Fremont Community Amphitheater and kickoff the 1st Season of the Summer at the Community Kickoff Party from 5-8pm featuring The Sweeney Rebellion.

 

Downtown Fremont Inc. to host Solar Eclipse Events from April 6th – 8th

Downtown Fremont Inc. will host Solar Eclipse Events for the entire family for the weekend throughout the historic district. Restaurants and businesses will be open with specials to celebrate this momentous occasion of the Solar Eclipse of 2024.

Come and be a part of the “Over the Moon with the Merchants” during the Downtown Fremont Solar Eclipse Sip & Shop on Saturday, April 6th from 11am-3pm.  Grab a drink of choice peruse the unique local businesses & retrieve your passport from any of the participating locations.  Once you have made your trip around the moon, turn in your passport at the Downtown Fremont Inc. office at 315 Garrison Street, Fremont, Ohio, and retrieve your MOON PIE!  (While Supplies Last)  Also, enter for a chance to WIN a $50.00 Think Fremont Community Card!  Winner will be drawn on 4/8/24.

Solar Eclipse Sunday is the time to come to the “NEW” Downtown Fremont Amphitheater at 209 S Arch Street to hear the music of the Terra State Jazz Ensemble & Contemporary Ensemble on Sunday, April 7th from 4-6pm from our local college.  Great opportunity to check out the amphitheater and enjoy some tunes!

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and view the Solar Eclipse for FREE from the “Launch Pad” anytime throughout the day on Monday, April 8th.  Stop by a restaurant to grab a drink and some food to be set to check out this once-in-a-lifetime event to witness the beauty and power of the sun and moon in perfect alignment.

Downtown Fremont Inc. also has many more free events planned throughout 2024.

Downtown Fremont Inc. is HIRING!

Downtown Fremont Inc. is HIRING for the Farmer’s Market & Special Event Coordinator (EVC).

Please forward resume will all relevant work experience and references should be forwarded to:

Downtown Fremont Inc.

Attn: Kristie A. Bilger, Executive Director

315 Garrison Street

Fremont, Ohio

Downtown Fremont Inc.’s Easter Bunny Visit & Shop Hop

Downtown Fremont Inc. will be hosting the Homes by KF Construction & Excavating Shop Hop and Easter Bunny Visit on Saturday, March 30th, 2024, from 11am-2pm.  Attendance to these events is free to the public.

Featured Downtown Fremont Inc. member businesses have Shop Hop Participant signs on their doors or set up on the street for kids to visit to get a treat as well as the opportunity for all ages to shop and learn about each of the businesses. Businesses will have “SPRING” savings to go along with unique gifts to buy for your love ones.  Make sure to bring your basket!

The Easter Bunny will be at the Bunny House from 11am-2pm for pictures with kids for FREE.  Come in your Easter outfits to see the Easter Bunny.

Downtown Fremont Inc. also has many more free events planned in 2024, so stay tuned and follow us on social media.

Downtown Fremont Inc. to host New Year’s Eve Celebration

Front Street is turning into the place to be for New Year’s Eve! With the 6th Annual Downtown Fremont, Ohio, New Year’s Eve Celebration, this year’s festivities will be bringing fun and excitement to YOUR Downtown and utilize the newly completed Fremont Amphitheater!

Starting at 8pm, this community event will be held in Downtown Fremont on Front Street between Croghan Street and Birchard Avenue and at the Downtown Fremont Amphitheater and is for eveyone in Fremont as well as the surrounding Sandusky County area and beyond with rides on the street for ALL ages, along with music, photo ops, food and FUN!
To kick the night off from 8pm until 10pm at the Fremont Amphitheater at the corner of Birchard Avenue and Arch Street, is Mike “Mad Dog” Adams. Mike “Mad Dog” Adams is a Put-In-Bay island, Round House Bar tradition since 1980, Mike “Mad Dog” Adams is living-proof that, “Every Day Above Ground is a Gooood Day.” (a catch- phrase he began using in his show back in the early eighties.) He has appeared in concert opening shows for a wide range of legendary performers. Come see why Mike “Mad Dog” Adams legendary performances of interactive music and comedy that brings people from all over the country. In no time at all, the audience will be hoisting a refreshing beverage, singing, chanting a Ziggy Zaggy, and agreeing that “Every Day Above Ground Is A Good Day!

​The night of entertainment to ring in 2024 continues from 10pm until 1am with the Killer Flamingos. The Killer Flamingos are Detroit’s biggest and best party band providing unforgettable performances that have kept audiences on the cutting edge of current music. An explosive live show, packed with outstanding musicianship and high-energy will make NYE in the FRE unforgettable.

By purchasing a $10 wristband on Front Street from 8 to 1 am will give unlimited access to ALL ages for the rides with no age restrictions: Extreme Fun Slide – no weight limit (smaller kids can ride with parent/adult) any child can ride by themselves as long as they are able to climb the stairs to make it to the top, Carousel – weight limit is the max of 200lbs per person, Extreme Trampoline – weight limit is 20lbs-240lbs and Pirate Ship – no weight limit. Bring your “Thrill Seeking Riding Adventure!”

Along with rides and music, businesses will be open and have entertainment and specials inside their venues such as Potter Perfection “Done Your Way”, MoonShine Nightclub, The Strand & Backstage Lounge, The Garrison, Scarpetta’s, Elroy’s Deli Market, Live Edge Center and Down Thyme Café.

Sponsorship from The City of Fremont, Moonshine Entertainment, Fremont Federal Credit Union, Crown Battery, and Style Crest has helped bring this spectacular event to Downtown Fremont, but more sponsorship is appreciated. Please text Fremont NYE to 44321 to donate any monetary amount.

For further information please call 419.332.8696/567.342.4758 or visit the Downtown Fremont, Ohio, New Year’s Eve Celebration Facebook Page @FremontNYE for more specific details.

Downtown Fremont Inc. to host Holiday Events as the downtown is turned into Fremont-ville

Downtown Fremont Inc. will host the GenoaBank Holiday Events when downtown is turned into Fremont-ville.  As part of Fremont-ville, downtown businesses will be decorating their store fronts for the season starting on November 24th.  The Fremont Community is being asked to vote on the Downtown Fremont Inc. Facebook Page for their favorite decorated store fronts until Sunday, December 3rd.  The business with the most “LIKES” will be the winner of a free year membership to Downtown Fremont Inc.

Holiday festivities begin on Friday, November 24th with the annual Tree Lighting at 7pm at the corner of Front & Croghan Streets.  A trackless train ride will be available through the Downtown Historic District from 4-9pm and is FREE. Hot and sweet treats will also be available while listening to caroling and dance performances

Santa is in his house starting on Friday, November 24th from 5-7pm before the Tree Lighting for the whole family. Santa visitation continues at the corner of Front & Croghan Streets on Fridays from 5-7pm and Saturdays from 1-3pm til Christmas.  On Saturday, December 2nd from 1-3pm, the Grinch will be at the Santa House for photo ops.  Can’t make it to see Santa? His mailbox is ready to accept letters at his house anytime up until December 18th.  Letters should be dropped into the mailbox to receive a FREE letter back from Santa, but please make sure to have a return address on the letter.

Saturday, November 25th, is Small Business Saturday which takes strides to remind consumers that Small Businesses play a key role in helping our community thrive, and so take that day to get out to shop, dine and support local.  While shopping on Small Business Saturday make sure to participate in the Fremont-ville Scavenger hunt. At the participating 12 businesses get your hunt card and uncover the code by Saturday, December 11th by putting completed hunt cards in Santa’s mailbox to be in a drawing for a Think Fremont Community E-Card with the value of $25.

The Indoor Holiday Market is Saturday, December 2nd from 10am-2pm at the MoonShine Nightclub & The Jewel Ballroom. Take a break at 109 S Front Street from the cold and grab your favorite hot beverage of choice to meet the makers, keeping it unique and local. At this time, we are seeking makers and vendors for the indoor market with limited spaces available.  Cost $45 for 10×7 spot, must provide your own table and chairs. Call 567-342-4758 to register and give payment over the phone. This is a great opportunity to support Small Businesses in Downtown Fremont and surrounding areas!

The Fremont-ville Holiday Parade is Saturday, December 2nd starting at 6pm.  This evening parade creates a sparkling atmosphere through downtown with the lighted light poles to the glistening floats and vehicles in the parade.  To be a part of the parade, an entry form is required.  The parade starts at Roger Young Park and precedes north on Front and State Streets and ends on Front Street – on the northside of State Street.  Judging will happen with prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places.  This parade is also announced and filmed for the community, so come downtown and enjoy!

Downtown Fremont Inc. also has many more free events planned in 2023 and stay tuned in for our New Year’s Eve details soon at https://www.facebook.com/FremontNYE.

River Wall Mural to be continued being painted in Downtown Fremont, Ohio

Downtown Fremont Inc. is in the process of creating another installment in the River Wall Mural near the railroad tracks by the State Street Bridge heading east.  This mural is a continuation of a Public Arts Program that Downtown Fremont Inc. hopes to be a long term community mural art project in Fremont, Ohio.  The mural will be a creation of local artists who have a desire to bring art and beauty.

This River Wall Mural is 26 feet in length by 5 feet in height.  The art is designed and will be painted by the chosen artist that will create the vivid mural for walkers and motorists to see for years to come.  Emma Lehmann of Doodle Den Designs has been chosen to create ‘Stained Glass Cabbage’, which is going to be a bright addition to our growing downtown. She is looking forward to the additional artists that will come to the area when the call goes out for more art to be added along the wall.

Emma Lehmann is a self-taught artist with a love of bright colors and whimsical design.  She is also the co-owner of The Open House at 108 S Front Street which is a collaboration of local art, crafts and unique gifts.

The Fremont Company, Snow Floss Kraut and Frank’s Kraut celebrating 110 years are the sponsor of this panel.

The second panel of the River Wall Mural is ‘We ♥ Fremont’ which is 26 feet in length by 5 feet in height. Chris Robinette is a Fremont native, who moved away for school and work, but has recently returned to and is very much enjoying “reconnecting” with his hometown.

After studying Engineering and Industrial Design, Chris had a 30+ year career as a product designer and business leader, working for both fortune 500 companies like Nike and Dell Technologies, and smaller startups in Silicon Valley to develop highly successful product teams and award winning products.

Chris and his wife have recently started a new business focusing on property renovation and design. After renovating the Christy House in Fremont into an event venue in 2020, they are now splitting their time between new renovation projects and interior design for other clients.

The mural is based on a simple concept, that Fremont is a great place to live. ‘We Fremont’ will hopefully be a daily reminder for everyone who sees it.

The plan is to complete the mural with the help of Hands of our Future, a local Fremont organization focused on providing services to support and mentor Fremont youth.  

All proceeds from the Public Arts Program in Downtown Fremont, goes toward the River Wall Mural Project.

Stay tuned to the Downtown Fremont Inc.’s Facebook Page for pictures and videos of the mural being created and painted.  Completion of these projects will be late fall of 2023.

Map for Saturday, October 21st is HERE ✅

🗺 Farmers Market VENDOR MAP 🗺
 
🕘 When? Saturday, October 21st 9am-1pm
 
📍 Where? On Front Street between Croghan Street and Birchard Avenue – Downtown Fremont
 
🎃 10am Costume Contest at The Strand Theater & Backstage Lounge
 
🎈 10am-12pm Trick or Treat at businesses and vendors that have an orange balloon

 

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