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Grooving in the Grove to Take Place This Saturday

WHEELING — The Elm Grove Business Association, in partnership with Main Street Bank and Paree Insurance, are proud to present the inaugural Grooving in the Grove.

The event will be held from 3-9 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Elm Grove YMCA. Admission is free. The YMCA is located at 55 Lounez Ave. in Wheeling. The event will feature an art installation, live music, five food trucks, more than 30 craft and artisan vendors, inflatables for children, a river float and a corn hole tournament.

The activities begin at 10 a.m. in the 2200 block of National Road.

For the art lovers in the area, the EGBA, in partnership with the Elm Grove Methodist Church, will be hosting an art installation. The installation will feature art work from local school children.

“We wanted to get the artwork of the local children involved,” Kristy Ferguson, president of the EGBA, said. “We want them to not only be proud of their artistic skills and work, but to feel like they’re contributing to the community pride of the area.”

Ferguson went on to say that the plan is to have this art installation be part of the event each year.

For those looking to satisfy their live music itch, local artists Buck Porter, Clint Landis and Ten Feet Tall will be performing live, starting around 3 p.m. The shows are brought to you by Main Street Bank and Paree Insurance. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chair and be ready for a fun night.

The inflatables are being provided by the YMCA. The corn hole tournament is sponsored by Altmeyer Funeral Home. Both of these activities are scheduled to start at 3 p.m. and run the entire duration of the event.

The MEGA Float, hosted by Southpaw Outfitters, will begin with a shuttle to the coal mine bridge promptly at 10 a.m.

“We want to have everyone on the water by 11 a.m.,” Ray McKee, vice president of the EGBA said.

Transportation will be done out of the IAC parking lot, as long as there is not another event going on at that time.

“If you plan to use the shuttle or need a kayak or tube rental, please call 304-905-2628 in advance,” McKee said. “If you wait until the day of the event, we may not have enough space or rentals.”

The pricing for these services is available on the Southpaw Outfitters website.

Grooving in the Grove is shaping up to be a great time for the entire family with something for everyone.

“This event has been talked about for at least two years,” Ferguson said. “For what started as a sidewalk conversation between local business owners, to see it finally becoming a reality is almost beyond words. It’s satisfying to see so much hard work finally come to fruition.”

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