Goshen raced and danced through April’s First Friday

Over 100 people gathered at the corner of Washington and Third Streets last Friday to prepare for the Green Day 5K run and 2K fun walk–the main event for this month’s First Friday.

Peter Casaletto, age 39 of Goshen, came in first place for the 5K run, completing the race from the Mill Race trail head to West Washington Street in 17 minutes and 24.8 seconds.  Noel Zak, age 11, won the 2K walk with a time of 11 minutes and 49.2 seconds.

The theme for the day was “Green Day,” and although the day was not as environmentally focused as it had been other years because of increased focus on the race, there were still splashes of green to experience throughout downtown.

Goshen City Church of the Brethren taught people how to build their own compost bins, read Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” to kids, served free green pancakes and ham and helped kids dye green Easter Eggs.  Kids created eco-friendly art projects at Maple City Market, and people of all ages enjoyed whoopie pies with mint green filling from The Window.

The Goshen Theater hosted Goshen’s first community-wide silent art auction and concert to benefit Haiti.  Proceeds from Art for the Heart-Haiti benefited short-term sustainable relief efforts within the community of Jaemel, a port city in ruins since the January earthquake, that is still recognized for its creative arts and culture.

Later in the evening, the Goshen College salsa club kicked off the dancing in the streets with a performance followed by lessons.

Kate Walker, a junior and member of the salsa club said, “People were shy to participate at first, but eventually we actually got a really big group of people to join.  We are always really happy when people are interested in what we do.”

The dancing on the corner of Washington and Main Streets lasted until 9 p.m.

Written by Alysha Landis

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