What’s Up Downtown event set

CHECKING OUT THE POPCORN PITSTOP — Bob Rowley of Steubenville checked out the Steubenville Popcorn Factory as he prepares for the What’s Up Downtown bike and hike event set for 5 p.m. Thursday in downtown Steubenville. The starting point for the bikers and walkers will be at the Tri-State Financial Services building on North Third Street. -- Dave Gossett

STEUBENVILLE — The What’s Up Downtown July event will start at Tri-State Financial Services on North Third Street Thursday and then expand throughout the downtown as part of a 4-mile bike ride and a 1-mile walk that will include a scavenger hunt.

Mike Strean of the Steubenville Revitalization Group said the ride and walk will begin at 5 p.m.

Maps of the biking and walking routes will be available in the parking lot.

“There is no registration. Just show up at Tri-State Financial Services at 5 p.m. with a bicycle or your walking shoes. We will have apples, oranges, bananas and bottled water available for the riders and walkers. And we will have a scavenger hunt with a gift basket going to the first person to return with 10 items from the scavenger list,” explained Strean.

“The pit stops will be at the Steubenville Popcorn Factory at 155 N. Fourth St. and Malta’s Pizza at 414 Market St., and cold water bottles will be available at Mike’s Sweeper Shop on North Fourth Street. Following the biking and walking, Naple’s Spaghetti House will have sliders available at Tri-State Financial Services,” said Strean.

“This is a family-friendly event, and we welcome bikers of all ages. However, for the sake of safety, we ask that children under the age of 14 be accompanied by an adult. The event will be held rain or shine,” added Strean.

“Following the What’s Up Downtown event we are encouraging all participants to move to the Berkman Amphitheater for the weekly summer concert featuring The Stickers,” Strean said.

“The SRG organizes the What’s Up Downtown events throughout the year to show city residents and visitors what we have to offer in Steubenville’s historical downtown,” remarked Strean.