Mechanical bull is highlight of Broadway Nights

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Broadway Nights on Friday will bring some high bucking excitement and a wide range of craft booths to downtown Monett for an extended evening of entertainment.

Two big draws are anticipated to attract crowds tomorrow. After months of anticipation, the mechanical bull is scheduled to return to give rides outside Bruner Pharmacy. John Bruner, sponsor for the attraction, said the rides are free.

The bull has 10 different settings for difficulty in both the bucking and spinning components. Bruner said riders will be able to pick their speed, down to something even a child can ride.

Bruner is counting on the bull working at full capacity on this visit. Rides will be offered from 5 to 8 p.m. or perhaps later if crowds remain on hand.

The planned attraction for September is a crafts show. Broadway Nights coordinator Shaun Bennett said 16 vendors have signed up for booths, which will be open for business as early as 3 p.m.

Craft vendors will bring a wide range of home decor items, jewelry, crocheted items and decorations. The Monett Lions Club will have its apple butter on sale. The Monett FFA Chapter will bring a range of items, including beef jerky that is being sold as a fundraiser.

Craft vendors will be staying open until at least 8 p.m. Bennett said there is plenty of time to drop by and see what's offered before heading off to see the Cubs play at Burl Fowler Stadium.

Live music will be offered by Offset Sunset at Mocha Jo's coffee café. A band will also be playing at Denali Dreams. The display windows at Denali Dreams are exhibiting Bennett's collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia as well.

Stores downtown will be open late as part of the Broadway Nights experience. For example, Brownsberger's has a clearance sale. Both the Front Page and Fashion Crossroads have new fall arrivals on the racks, and Bruner's has a brand new line of sterling silver jewelry from the Sterling Essencze line.

Each store has unique offerings and sale items. Connies's Photography will have its monthly Kid's Day offered with no scheduled appointments or session fee.

Bennett said Broadway Nights is as much about socializing as shopping. Merchants have organized to provide an old-fashioned "night on the town" for Monett-area residents. People are encouraged to drop by, see what's new, chat with their friends and enjoy the entertainment.

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