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First Friday Presents: Open Late Friday

Join downtown merchants this fall, winter, and spring for monthly special events with YOU in mind! From October to May, come and invite your friends to celebrate Open Late Fridays with our special theme nights. Shops will be open until 8 p.m. with discounts and sales. There will also be specials at eateries/bars and special events/activities happening. Streets will remain open. Don't miss out!

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Happy Hour Networking

Networking Happy HourDowntown Mount Vernon is growing, and we’d like to meet other talented enthusiasts at our networking happy hour! Join us for a casual meet and greet networking event to get to know our members and learn what sets downtown Mount Vernon apart. Stay for a little, or stay for awhile; cash bar and appetizers are available.

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Christmas Auction

PB267610Join us at this year's Christmas Parade Auction! Support an annual holiday while gaining publicity for your business. Starting a new tradition: A gift card tree will be on display, and with your $20 donation you will have the chance at pulling a gift card valued between $5-$100. All proceeds will be donated to the 2018 Christmas Walk and Main Street Mount Vernon.

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Small Business Saturday

Mural DedicationMain Street Mount Vernon and the Mount Vernon small business community are proud to take part in Small Business Saturday, aka “Shop Small Saturday,” on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. MSMV invites you to shop until you drop in your own community where you’ll avoid the crowds of Black Friday while investing in your local economy. Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday seeks to create love and support for local businesses and to promote vibrant, diverse communities. Show appreciation on this day by shopping small!

Christmas Walk/Parade

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Mount Vernon!

Each year, on the Sunday following Thanksgiving, people of all ages line the streets of downtown Mount Vernon for the Christmas Parade and Walk, from 1-5 p.m. Organized by the Mount Vernon News, the parade features a new theme each year, from the Victorian era to classic nursery rhymes, and more. The Christmas Walk features train and carousel rides for kids, family photos with Santa, and one-of-a-kind holiday gifts can be found in downtown businesses. The celebration wraps up with a Christmas Carol Sing at Public Square. Several activities benefit the Food For The Hungry drive.

Annual Membership Meeting

Annual MeetingThe Annual Membership Meeting is a great opportunity for the local businesses and organization to discuss key issues within the Central Business District, distribute important information regarding Main Street Mount Vernon, and vote on new board members and bylaw changes, if needed. In doing this, we maintain transparency by keeping members informed on the status of Downtown Mount Vernon. An Annual Meeting of the Members is required to take place each year according to the bylaws of Main Street Mount Vernon. The bylaws outlines when the annual meeting will take place and what is required of the annual meeting.

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Volunteer Appreciation Event

Join us in a celebration of our wonderful volunteers! Our volunteers have devoted their time and effort to ensure an exceptional experience for those participating in Mount Vernon events. We are grateful for their many contributions to the community. As a thank you for their hard work, community members are welcome to attend our Volunteer Appreciation Event to enjoy giveaways and food.


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Annual Awards Dinner

2018 Awards Dinner webThe Annual Awards Dinner is a special event for Main Street and the Mount Vernon community! This special evening is when we recognize Main Street members for their dedication to the community of Mount Vernon over the past year as well as acknowledge individuals for their continual efforts to strengthen Mount Vernon and themselves.


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First Friday

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What better way to celebrate those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer than in downtown Mount Vernon?! First Fridays are family-friendly events celebrated on the first Friday of each month, June through September. Main Street Mount Vernon invites you to explore historic downtown Mount Vernon through live entertainment, a variety of local food and shopping, kids’ entertainment, and more. Explore your downtown during First Fridays from 6-9 p.m.

First Friday events are planned and organized by the MSMV Promotions Committee along with volunteer support. If you are interested in participating, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 740-393-1481.

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Wine Dinner

WineDinnerWine down with Main Street Mount Vernon!

Every summer Main Street Mount Vernon hosts an exclusive fundraiser to benefit a key cause to support and foster the downtown community. Hosted at Mount Vernon Country Club, the Wine Dinner includes happy hour, live music, a meal, an auction, and more! Tickets go on sale on April 1. So whether you want to stop and smell the Rosé, or think everything happens for a Riesling, we know we had you at Merlot. Reserve your table today!

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Mural Dedication

This past September, The Knox County Landmarks Foundation Mural Committee invited the public to the dedication of the Mount Vernon Industry Mural, designed and painted by local artist John Donnelly. The project is a partnership with the Knox County Landmarks Foundation with the help of The Ariel Foundation! Paint adds color to our buildings and provides a bright spot in the community.

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