Around 125 people enjoy movie on the square

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Fun on the square Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Marie Wise, Tawsha Kilpatrick and Colton Kilpatrick took part in a variety of children's activities on the downtown square in Cassville during the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's Friday Squared block party on Friday night. The event attracted around 400 community members.

Around 125 community members enjoyed an outdoor movie on the downtown square after the Friday Squared block party on July 13. The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's decision to offer "Goonies" during the event paid off by attracting the largest movie crowd to date.

"We are pleased to end our Friday Squared series for the summer with such a well attended event," said Gary Whyte, chamber president. "For those who came and the vendors and stores that participated, thank you for making this event successful."

Community members enjoyed shopping, musical entertainment by Barry County Connection and a variety of activities during the pre-show block party.

Treasure hunters Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed On Friday night, community members donned pirate attire in honor of Friday Squared treasure and scavenger hunt theme. The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored event gives community members an opportunity to shop and enjoy a variety of entertainment on the downtown square in Cassville.

"Our Friday Squared committee was very pleased with the July Friday Squared event," said Artherton. "The crowd that stayed for the movie was the largest we have seen since we started this event three years ago. We had the largest number of vendors as well."

The chamber offered a scavenger hunt around the square and make-your-own ice cream sundaes. Habitat for Humanity served pulled pork sandwiches and Little Tommy's Dogs offered an assortment of menu items.

Complimentary popcorn was provided by Cassville Health Care and Rehab, and Connection magazine offered free cookies, copies of the magazine and activities for kids.

Youngsters enjoyed bubble games at the Cassville Branch Library and Cassville Friends of the Library booth and throwing softballs at the target in order to dunk Cassville High School cheerleaders in the dunk tank.

The Cassville YMCA provided an inflatable bounce house and informational booth. Promised Land Zoo had baby lemurs and other animals on display, and Kornerstone offered face painting and glitter tattoos.

The Cassville Cruisers showcased nearly a dozen classic and customized vehicles during the block party, and Les Jacobs Ford had a new Ford Escape on display.

Informational booths were also offered by Crowder College and several local candidates running in the upcoming primary election.

"For those who missed the event this year, we hope that you will make plans to join us next year for Friday Squared," said Whyte. "It is a fun and affordable event that is unique to our local community."

Downtown businesses participated in the block party by offering discounts and special promotions. Those businesses included: BBQ Station; Forever Yours Embroidery; Gussied Up Boutique; Kristine's Consignments; Presto Espresso; Smith's Clothing; Tomblin's Jewelry and Gifts; Towneley Furnishings and Westco.

"I often hear from business owners that Friday Squared brings in new potential customers," said Artherton. "While the customer may not make a purchase during Friday Squared, at least they came into the shop and saw what our local businesses have to offer."

For more information on Friday Squared, call Artherton at 847-2814 or email her at

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