Step back in time at Friday Squared

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

On Friday, the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will partner with local businesses to hold Friday Squared on the downtown square in Cassville. The pre-show block party will begin at 6 p.m., and "Back to the Future III" will be shown on the outdoor big screen at dark.

In honor of 125 years of business in Cassville, Willis Insurance and Commerce Bank will serve complimentary hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, soda and cake during the block party.

Commerce Bank will also offer door prize drawings for gas and restaurant certificates. A grand prize drawing will be held for a set of Cooper Tires from Shumaker Tire.

"In addition to information booths, great shopping and good food, Friday Squared offers plenty of free entertainment," said Mindi Artherton, chamber director. "Barry County Connection will take the stage at 6 p.m. followed by a live demonstration by the Ozark Posse at 7:20 p.m.

"After the demonstration, J Rock and the Third Street Band will play until around 9 p.m.," said Artherton. "Everyone should bring their lawn chair and plan on staying for the entire evening. It is going to be a great night."

Community members who attend Friday Squared are encouraged to shop locally from 6 p.m. to dusk. Businesses will offer the following special promotions and activities during the block party.

* BBQ Station: tri-tip special.

* Forever Yours Embroidery: customers who make a purchase will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a $50 gift certificate.

* Gussied Up Boutique: 75 percent off fall and winter clothing and 20 percent off flip flops and flats.

* Presto Espresso: $2 root beer floats.

* Smith's Clothing: $5.99 flip flops and ladies straw fedora hats and 50 percent discount on purses.

* Towneley Furnishings: 15 percent off new rustic pine furniture and five door prize drawings.

* Whitley Pharmacy: mini ice-cream cones for 18 cents and free sunglasses with the purchase of Bag Lady and Mud Pie items.

Friday Squared participants who make a purchase at participating businesses should submit a signed receipt at the chamber booth. The chamber will hold drawings for prizes every 30 minutes throughout the block party. Prizes include gift certificates to Presto Espresso, BBQ Station and Tomblin's and a one-year subscription to the Cassville Democrat.

The Cassville High School cheerleaders will be selling snow cones. Cheerleaders will also offer tickets for gift basket drawings. Items offered in the gift baskets have been donated by local businesses and individuals.

The Cassville Rotary Club will offer free popcorn and a drawing, and representatives of Connection magazine will offer cookies. Drug Court Alumni will serve cotton candy.

The Cassville YMCA will offer an inflatable bounce house and information booth. Promised Land Zoo will have baby lemurs, a tortoise and other animals on display, and Cassville High School SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) members will offer children's activities.

The Cassville Branch Library will provide games for kids, free book coupons and other informational materials. Crowder College and Barry County public administrator candidates Pam Modlin and Stormy Holtzman will offer informational booths.

Just Beccaz will be selling hairbows, skirts and other items for little girls.

Community members are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs to enjoy the live musical entertainment and outdoor movie.

Barry County Connection musicians are Ryan Preddy, Robby England, Rokky England, Roddy England, Clay Morgan and Eli Stehlik. J Rock and the Third Street Band includes Greg and Brenda Beck, Bruce and Debbie Nickle, Rocky Mills, Jennifer Evans, Jack Reed and Josh Davison.

Ozark Posse members participating in the re-enactment and street shoot-out are: Shirley Beck, Lee Beck, Jim Hetzel, LaVerne Hetzel, Lorrie Johnson, Jim Johnson, Debbie Stephens, Harry Stephens, Bob Nape, Carroll Ledenham, Daren Godfrey, Bob Allen and Herb Primrose. Dr. William Piston, Missouri State University professor, will portray Cassville Mayor LF Jones, who was mayor in 1887.

For more information, call the chamber at 847-2814.

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