DANSVILLE — Despite the threat of severe thunderstorms rolling into the valley many came out with their classic cars for the First Friday Cruise Night.
Heidi Bugman works on the promotions and marketing aspect of the community now, and she felt this was a great way to bring attention to local auto businesses.
“Considering the weather we had a fantastic turnout,” she said. “I wanted to recognize the local car dealerships, and auto shops in the area. I wanted to help out the local car businesses. I wanted them to feel like they were a part of the village. After people see the cars they can go grab some dinner and watch a movie at Star Theater. It is about spending the night with your family having fun in a small town.”
Farm Days was also Bugman’s idea, and that turned out to be a huge success. She wants to bring that back again next year as well. Bugman said that farming and cars are a huge part of the community.
The First Friday events have become a highlight for area family and friends as they gather downtown to enjoy what the community has to offer.
Bugman appreciates Dansville Police Chief Charlie Perkins who has been very helpful in closing off the street for big events, and keeping things safe.
Bugman really wanted everyone to get that small-town feel as they come to events like this.
“We have really good ideas coming up,” she said. “We want to do an October Festival again with German foods. We will take a break after November and come back in April. We have the Winter in the Village in December that everyone comes too.”
The First Friday’s are getting more popular as everyone is getting used to the concept.
“I really like the fact that we are getting people into small-town Dansville, and they are strolling down main street,” Bugman said. “They can grab dinner and a movie with some friends and neighbors. This is what it means to be in a small town. This is not a commercial thing.”