Please click here to complete a vendor registration form if you wish to have a booth at First Fridays.
Please complete the food vendor registration form here. Please also complete the appropriate Food Vendor Application to submit to the Whitley County Health Department.
Food Vendors - Whitley County Health Department Contact
Follow the link here for the Whitley County Health Department's website if needed.
Click here to obtain an application for the entire 2023 Season. The fee, made payable to Whitley County Health Department, is $100.00
2023 Single Event Food Application
Click here to obtain an application for a single event in 2023. The fee, made payable to the Whitley County Health Department, is $20 per event. A new application MUST be completed for each event.
If you are a food vendor, you are REQUIRED to obtain a Mobile Food Unit or Temporary Food Service permit from the Whitley County Health Department. First Fridays is not directly affiliated with the Whitley County Health Department. You will need to complete the appropriate application and personally submit it.
All vendors must be registered prior to the event to be able to participate.
This is to ensure your coverage under our liability insurance and
accounts for a space for you the day of the event.
All vendors are required to check in at the northwest corner of the courthouse where the band sets up.
At this time, your $15.00 cash or check (made payable to Columbia City Connect) registration fee should be paid.
**Food vendors and not-for-profits are exempt from the $15.00 fee. **
If you have questions pertaining to the Vendor Registration, please send us a message on our Contact page!
MEET THE COMMITTEE
Katy Fry is a Columbia City native. A mom with a passion for music, outdoors and being involved, Katy is the Coordinator for Columbia City First Fridays and a representative of Columbia City Connect. "I really enjoy being so involved in our community. To see everyone come together for these events downtown is really something special." Her favorite part about First Fridays is how it's different every month! This appeals to a lot of different interests and encourages a wide range of attendees to visit downtown Columbia City.
Mike Thomas was born in Texas but is a longtime CC resident. He studied photojournalism at Ball State University and is currently a Senior Nuclear Pharmacy Tech for Cardinal Health. His passions are music, skateboarding and community betterment. Mike is responsible for booking the musical entertainment for our events. "I enjoy bringing good live music to the community and watching everyone have a good time together in our great little town."
Megan Leedy was born and raised in our great town of Columbia City. Her favorite thing to do is raise her two daughters. Megan is part of the collaborative effort in planning and coordinating the multiple aspects of First Fridays. She has a passion for our community and making it feel welcoming and safe. She is a full-time stylist at a local salon and enjoys staying involved with fundraisers, charities and local shops
Jordan Esterline was born and raised in Columbia City. A mover and shaker with strong ties to the community, Jordan has been on the First Friday committee for the last 2 years, bringing to the team planning and development. Jordan's favorite part of First Fridays is the ability to interact and spend time with all members of the community. "What was once a small event, now proudly serves over 4,000 attendees! I am proud of the town we live in, and I love doing all we can to make our small town shine."
Leslie Blakley she was raised in East Central Indiana, but has been a part of the Columbia City community since 2003. "I grew up in a small community much like Columbia City, so I have always felt at home here." Her passion for non-profit work, coupled with her love of building community and supporting small businesses, led her to her involvement with First Fridays. Leslie is primarily responsible for completing administrative tasks for First Fridays and helping the event to run flawlessly!