Main Street Scottsboro is hosting a Bike Around the Block party on Thursday, Nov. 7 to celebrate the completion of the Man on the Bike Mural in downtown Scottsboro.

Local artist John Warr has been working on the mural since July, and he is in the final steps of completing the project.

“This project has been one of a kind since its inception. What began as an idea to create another Instagram-worthy photo opportunity on the square has become an incredible display of local talent and a glimpse into Scottsboro’s past,” said Main Street Director Meg Nippers. “The Jackson County Jubilee in July of 2018 was the catalyst for the mural, raising $3,000 for the project that day. With the help of a grant and a few smaller fundraisers, the idea of a new mural became a reality. John Warr’s attention to detail and ability to perfectly capture the essence of Jackson County made him the obvious choice to bring the image to life. John is such a beloved member of the community and has had hundreds of cheerleaders throughout this process.”

Nippers said the buzz around the mural was the inspiration for the block party happening next week.

“The mural has stirred up such a buzz on Main Street’s social media pages that we knew it had to be commemorated with an official unveiling. What better way to celebrate the “man on the bike” than with a bike around the block party?” said Nippers.

Citizens are encouraged to bring bicycles, tricycles or unicycles to bike around the square.

“Stop by the square on Thursday, Nov. 7, to celebrate with us. Meet John Warr while you marvel at his work. Enjoy a hamburger grilled by Patrick’s Meat Market while you’re there!

Main Street will be selling commemorative postcards with John’s early sketch of the mural. Don’t forget to bring your bikes! The event will begin at 4pm, so stop by the square on your way home from work and join the celebration,” said Nippers.

Nippers also wanted to thank the Hess family for allowing Main Street to use their photo for the mural.

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