Main Street to feature ‘furry’ First Friday

30 applied for executive director position

By Brandon Klein -

Due to leadership changes, Main Street Delaware will be put to the test as it celebrates the dog days of summer during this month’s First Friday.

The nonprofit finished accepting applications Friday to replace former executive director Frances Jo Hamilton, who now works as director of revitalization for Heritage Ohio, the parent nonprofit of Main Street Delaware.

“The good thing was Fran in her position for 10 years,” said Nicole Fowles, Main Street board member and spokeswoman of the Delaware District County Library, which is sponsoring this week’s First Friday.

Hamilton left the position with an “army of volunteers” who are happy to pick up extra responsibilities, she said. And members of the nonprofit’s board and four committees have also taken on day-to-day task, normally handled by the executive director.

The organization finished Friday accepting applications for the positions with 30 applicants. Fowles said there will be two rounds of interviews with four candidates submitted to the board, of which will make the final decision tentatively by the end of the month.

This week’s First Friday features its fifth annual downtown pet walk and a hands-on display of public works equipment.

Pet owners registered for the pet walk for $10 per animal and receive a treasure map to downtown businesses providing special treats and a doggie bag to collect. The pet walk will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., starting at the Main Street Delaware office, 20 E. Winter St., in downtown.

Registered pets will be photographed for posting in a Main Street Delaware Facebook album. The pet receiving the most “likes” during the contest will be named the “Furry Marshal” of Main Street Delaware’s annual Christmas Parade in November.

“It is a most sought after prize,” Fowles said.

The library will be awarding a “Best Cosplay Pet” award for the best costumed role-playing, comic-con-inspired pet to raise awareness about its Great GeekFest comic-con event Oct. 29 at its Orange Branch, 7171 Gooding Blvd.

The City of Delaware Public Works Department will have large vehicles on display in downtown at First Friday for children to see and explore.

Pet walk registration will be limited to the first 100 animals, with ticket proceeds benefiting Main Street Delaware. Tickets are available now at Button Up, 29 N. Sandusky St.; on the night of the event at the Main Street Delaware office; or online at

30 applied for executive director position

By Brandon Klein

Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.