Friday Squared plans announced

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled two Friday Squared events for this summer. The events will be held on the square in Cassville on Friday, June 8 and Friday, July 13.

Friday Squared on June 8 will offer a theme reflective of the 1800s. The movie for the evening, which will be shown at approximately 9 p.m., will be "Back to the Future III."

Willis Insurance and Commerce Bank will celebrate their 125th anniversaries during Friday Squared. The businesses are partnering to offer free hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, soda and cake to community members during the pre-show block party, which will be held from 6 p.m. to dark.

Area businesses and organizations are invited to offer retail booths, games, fundraisers and activities during the block party. Vendors should plan to begin setting up at 5:15 p.m. on June 8.

Barry County Connection will provide musical entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. At 7:20 p.m., the Ozark Posse will offer an old west re-enactment in front of the Barry County Courthouse. J. Rock and the Third Street band will perform after the re-enactment.

The Friday Squared Committee is planning a treasure hunt theme for the July event. Businesses and vendors participating in the event will be invited to decorate their booths or offer activities and promotions reflective of the theme.

The chamber will offer a scavenger hunt on the square during the event. Attendees will be challenged to answer a series of questions by visiting businesses and vendors during Friday Squared. Participants who answer all the questions will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a variety of prizes.

Barry County Connection will provide musical entertainment from 7 to 8:45 p.m. during the July pre-show block party.

An art walk is also planned for the July event. Area artists interested in displaying their artistic treasures during the art walk are encouraged to contact the chamber.

Businesses located on the square are encouraged to participate in Friday Squared by hosting contests or showcasing new products. Special activities and promotions will be featured in an upcoming issue of the newspaper, on the chamber website and in the June and July chamber newsletters.

Other Cassville businesses and area organizations are invited to set up booths during both Friday Squared events.

Chamber members and not-for-profits can participate at no cost. Non-chamber members will be charged a $25 booth fee. An additional charge will apply to any participant in need of electric services.

In order to be featured in press releases and articles, businesses and organizations must submit their promotions or activities to the chamber office by June 1 for the June 8 Friday Squared and July 6 for the July 13 Friday Squared.

For more information or to sign up to participate in Friday Squared, call the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce at 847-2814.

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