Formerly known as the First Friday event, the free Aledo Summer Blast will kick off at 6 p.m. June 7 in the front parking lots of Aledo High School featuring a variety of family-friendly activities. 

“It should be a fun night, it always is, and we should draw a pretty big crowd for it,” Aledo City Secretary Deana McMullen said. “We are planning all kinds of activities for the event and it will be held this year at the Aledo High School parking lot because it’s bigger and we don’t have to worry about if it rains a day or two before, so no issues with mud or fire ants or anything like that. So it works out a lot better.”

Aledo Community Event Planner Toni Fisher said the event will feature water slides, mechanical bull rides, a human whack-a-mole, an obstacle course, photo camper, the classic car show, live music and vendor booths. 

“The new thing this year is we have a 24-foot water slide,” Fisher said. “For this event I try to cater more to the older kids because at Aledo Fest in the fall, I try to cater that more to the little kids. But I do still have a petting zoo and water slides for the little ones, so there is stuff for them to do. We will have a live band as usual and we have the classic car show, which is a staple every year.”

Fisher said as of Thursday night she had about 40 vendors signed up for the event and expects to get more by the Tuesday deadline. 

“This is free, family fun, so it’s very family-oriented and a safe place,” Fisher said. “We’re having it at the school and they’ve been gracious enough to let us use the parking lot so we don’t have to close streets, there’s plenty of parking, it’s walkable from nearby neighborhoods and it’s just a great location — it’s visible from [Farm-to-Market Road] 1187 — so we have a lot of passerby traffic and that draws people in too. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The Aledo Fire Department, which is across the street from the event, will have a dunking booth set up for donations.

“At the end of it, as always, we will have a fabulous fireworks show in the area,” McMullen said. 

For more information about the event, visit Facebook event page or the City of Aledo website at www.aledo-texas.com