Nearly 300 attend Friday Squared

Thursday, July 15, 2010
Community members enjoy new chamber event Democrat Photo Community members of all ages enjoyed the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's first Friday Squared event on July 9. Cassville First Baptist Church provided youth with free balloons, balloon animals and balloon hats during the event. Pictured above, in the front row, is: Grace Gouvion. Back row, from left, are: Valerie Salinas, Brittani Long, Makenzy Durrossette and Kelsey Roney.

Close to 300 community members attended the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's first Friday Squared event, which was held on the downtown square in Cassville on July 9.

"For a first-time event, we were very pleased with the turn out," said Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director. "We couldn't have asked for a better response from the community."

Area residents flocked to the pre-show block party that was held from 7 to 9 p.m. Attendees enjoyed live musical entertainment by Barry County Connection, dined on treats from a variety of food vendors and took part in an assortment of activities.

The Rib served up 50 grilled steak sandwiches and Geraldi's sold 175 Nathan's hotdogs during the block party. Attendees also purchased snow cones and enjoyed free homemade ice cream provided by Emmanuel Baptist Church and watermelon provided by Willis Insurance.

Cassville First Baptist Church offered helium balloons, balloon animals and balloon hats throughout the party, and youngsters lined up for hours to have their faces decorated at Kornerstone's face painting booth.

Community members who attended Friday Squared were also encouraged to shop locally during the block party. Chez Notre, Gussied Up Boutique, Neill's Home Store, Sater's Pharmacy, The BBQ Station, Tomblin's Jewelry and Gifts and Towneley Furnishings offered a variety of special promotions during the event.

Whitley's Pharmacy hosted an ice cream sundae eating contest that attracted nearly two dozen competitors of various ages. Desiree Asbury downed a two-scoop dish of ice cream in minutes and won first place in the frozen treat competition.

The pharmacy also hosted a hula-hoop competition, which attracted several contestants. Tara Stockton hula-hooped for two hours and took home first place in the contest.

Many Friday Squared attendees picked up punch cards and visited participating businesses in order to be entered into the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's door prize drawing. Door prize gifts included two Sonic gift certificates, a $25 Walmart gift card and a Cassville Chamber of Commerce T-shirt.

The original 1978 version of "Superman" was shown on a big screen at 9 p.m. Around 40 individuals stayed for the outdoor evening show.

The next Friday Squared event will be held on the square in Cassville on Friday, Aug. 13.

"Our community should start getting excited about the August Friday Squared event now," said Artherton. "The August event will be much like the July event in that there will be live music, shopping, food vendors and family activities, however, you can help determine the movie that will be shown."

Community members can vote for the August movie feature by visiting the chamber website at

The choices include "Hook," "Jumanji," "Little Big League" and "Short Circuit." Votes must be cast by July 29.

"Friday Squared is a fun and free way to enjoy all our community has to offer," said Artherton. "If you missed Friday Squared in July, don't miss out this August."

The Friday Squared Planning Committee included: Artherton, Richard Asbill, Michael LeCompte, Michelle Bredeson, Bill Shiveley and Lindsay Reed.

Plans are currently being formed for Friday Squared in August. Businesses and organizations interested in participating in the upcoming event should call Artherton at 847-2814.

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