August's First Friday Leesburg will have a new addition to the regular dining and shopping festivities.
A portion of South King Street -- from Market to Loudoun streets -- will be closed to traffic in an effort to provide a "fun, safe, and entertaining event," according to organizers Nick and Carolyn McCarter, who run 27 South decor shop downtown.
The McCarters created "Stroll the Street" in an effort to bring an added value to First Friday and to provide more space for guests to enjoy the town inside and outside the businesses, Nick McCarter told the Times-Mirror.
"After doing some research, we found out that it was feasible [to close the street], and we hope it catches on and people enjoy it so we can do it again," he said.
To fund "Stroll the Street," McCarter said he paid a $800 fee to the town's Department of Public Works. He also purchased an extended insurance policy and spent hours organizing the event. He feels that it is all worth it for the town they love.
"We are doing this because we love Leesburg. We've had many businesses and residents come forward to say they would help contribute to keep this going. We see this as a valuable experience for the town, and we would love to continue supporting and facilitating it if it goes well," McCarter said.
The road closure is expected to take place between 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Motorists should expect delays and use alternate routes until the road has been reopened to the public.