Smashin’ Summer Saturdays start in downtown Paducah

Smashin‘ Summer Saturdays in Paducah kicked off its second year Saturday.

Paducah Main Street Director Melinda Winchester said this year they’re adding music during the day at the gazebo. She said having all the area shops work together in a themed event is a great way to encourage more visitors.

“We started it last year to create a fun, lively atmosphere in downtown for tourists and shoppers coming here,” Winchester said.

With side walk sales and carriage rides from the Farmer’s Market to Market Street, Winchester said it’s drawing more people downtown during the day.

“We have lots of energy, everyone’s working together, I really think it’s starting to have more of an economic impact on the businesses,” Winchester said.

The 11 week series helps promote new businesses like Bricolage Art Collective. 

“We’ve got everything from ceramics to jewelry, to sculptures made out of found objects like robots,” Bryant-Green said.

Co-owner Landee Bryant-Greene said Smashin’ Summer Saturdays helps with foot traffic.

“It brings in new people down here who aren’t necessarily from Paducah who get to reinvest and kind of see it in a new light,” Bryant-Greene said.

It also helps bring in people to learn about future businesses. Chef and owner Sara Bradley is opening the Freight House restaurant late summer in downtown.

“It’s largely based from the produce and stuff we’ll be able to get from this market and the farms in this region,” Bradley said.

She used the Farmer’s Market as an opportunity to share her samples.

“I think Smashin’ Saturdays is great. It’s an opportunity to come down to support everyone, support the community, it gives people you know a sense of community,” Bradley said.

Smashin‘ Summer Saturdays runs from now until August 8th. Music will be at the gazebo from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

May 30—TBD

June 6—TBD

June 13- Violinist, Ian Bastida

June 20- Josh Coffey

June 27—TBD

July 4—TBD

July 11- Nathan Lynn

July 18- Josh Coffey

July 25- Violinist, Ian Bastida

August 11—TBD

August 8- Nathan Lynn

For more information about Smashin’ Summer Saturdays, visit www.paducahmainstreet.org.

There will also be music in the gazebo during Smashin’ Summer Saturday Nights From 6 until 8 p.m. The evening performances will be May 23, May 30, June 13, June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18, and August 8.

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