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Grandview Hop will cap off busy weekend

Monthly event scheduled night after Tour de Grandview bike race

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Grandview Avenue will be hopping with activity this weekend.

In addition to the street party set Friday night, June 27, in conjunction with the 21st Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic, the second Grandview Hop of the season will take place Saturday, June 28.

The Hop will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. June 28 along Grandview Avenue between First and Fifth avenues. The Hop season runs from May through September.

"Our first Hop last month was fantastic," said Jessica Walli, executive director of the Destination Grandview Convention and Visitors Bureau. Destination Grandview coordinates the Hop.

"We had more than 2,000 people visit the Hop last month," Walli said. "The new Sunset Farmers Market at Rife's on West Fifth was especially popular."

Along with the produce, visitors to the farmers market were able to enjoy all-natural and vegan hot dogs served by the Good Frank.

"People couldn't get enough of them," Walli said.

Another new feature, the Hop-Pup Valet, which allows pet owners to leave their pets with volunteer animal professionals while they tour the Hop route, also was a big hit, Walli said.

The valet will return this weekend and will include a veterinarian, groomer, trainer and doggy snow-cones and snacks from Jackpot Treats, she said.

"The Capital Area Humane Society will bring its mobile adoption and rescue vehicle, so you will also be able to adopt a pet at the Hop," Walli said.

Several new vendors will participate in this month's Hop and more shops will remain open during the evening, she said.

Entertainment will include Bridge Construction, Sally Hofmans-Currie and the Poor House Rockers.

The street party June 27 will be held during the bike race from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The event will include craft beers from the Ohio Taproom, as well as food trucks and entertainment by Agent 99.

The Tour de Grandview will include races involving both male and female professional and amateur cyclists as well as a children's sprint event.

Racing will begin at 6:30 p.m. along a course that starts and finishes on First Avenue and proceeds onto Willard, Second and Grandview avenues before returning to First.

First Avenue from Glendale to Hope avenues will close at 3 p.m. June 27 and the entire race course will be closed from 6 to 11 p.m.

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