The "Back To School" Broadway Nights this Friday will have a game night theme as a "last big party of the summer" gathering in downtown Monett.
New for the occasion will be the Chalk Walk, a contest to create the most creative and colorful 4x4 foot section of sidewalk using sidewalk chalk. Space is still available for both individuals and teams. No entry fee is necessary.
Artists are welcome to bring their own chalk as well, as long as they use sidewalk chalk.
Monett Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Suzy McElmurry said there will be prizes for the winners. First place winners will get $50 and a trophy. Second place prize is $25, and the third place award is a prize worth $10. Awards will be given in four divisions: Individual and team for both adults (age 15 and up) and youth.
Sign-up starts at 3:15 p.m. on Friday. The artists will begin their chalk art at 4:30 p.m. and have two hours to complete their entries. A team of judges will then evaluate the works, which will be photographed for display in the chamber office and possibly for use in chamber publicity.
McElmurry was pleased to have enlisted Jana Larmer, Nikki Weber and Phyllis Garrett as the impartial judges with varied backgrounds in both youth and adult art.
Sherwin-Williams has donated tape to identify each drawing area. Other sponsors are providing the chalk and prizes to give away. Notable sponsors include Bruner's, Brownsberger's, Westco, United Missouri Bank, The Trunk, Plaza 8 Cinema, Mocha Jo's, Denali Dreams and The Monett Times.
Continuing the fun-and-games theme, a number of businesses will have extra activities planned. There will be a duck pond at Peppers and Company, and gourd painting will be offered at Fashion Crossroads.
Mocha Jo's will be offering a Wheel of Fortune game. Owner Debbie Berger said all paying customers "will get a spin on the wheel 'til we run out of stuff."
At Denali Dreams, Shaun Bennett is hosting an ice cream eating contest on the sidewalk in front of 416 E. Broadway. One of Denali's specialties is the Kodiak, a 20-scoop ice cream creation that usually costs $19.95. Bennett is offering the Kodiak for $9.95 to all comers. At 7 p.m. participants will tackle their Kodiaks all at once.
The first one to finish or the contestant who has eaten the most in 30 minutes will earn a photo on Denali's Wall of Fame and a $20 gift certificate. All entries will get to finish their ice cream even after time for the contest is called, Bennett said.
For live entertainment, Angela Bennett will be singing and playing acoustic guitar through the evening at Denali's. Multi-instrumentalist Micah Miller will perform at Mocha Jo's.
|Other stores will be hosting activities for children and holding back-to-school sales. Connie's Photography will again offer instant prints.||Donations of school supplies will also be accepted at several locations. The chamber is seeking donations of items that are not traditionally considered school supplies, such as: dry erasers for use on white boards students; tools like school scissors, glue, compasses, protractors and rulers; Kleenex; inexpensive backpacks; and clothing items such as socks, gloves, stocking caps and underwear.|
The September Broadway Nights will also feature crafts. Sidewalk booth space for craft vendors is available for $10. Reservations can be made at Denali Dreams.