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Fourth Friday Huge Success (photos)

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Prophetstown Elementary School teacher Taylor Kelly helps add to a student's bag of school supplies during Prophetstown Proud's 4th Friday event.

It was absolutely wonderful and I think it was one of the best family friendly events P-town has seen in a long time.” That was how Chelsie VanDyke, owner of Envy Boutique, described Prophetstown Proud’s Fourth Friday event last week.

Ten local businesses took part in the event, which featured free school supplies for kids as they visited the participating businesses. “There were kids from all over. It was wonderful to see the kids walking around on Main Street and seeing their teachers.” added VanDyke. Several teachers and staff from the PLT#3 School District participated by handing out the supplies to students as they scurried from store to store.

“It felt a bit like Halloween but instead of collecting candy they collected school supplies,” said Jenna Scifres, owner of Scifres Handmade Jewelry, who was also one of the organizers.

The event featured “Olympic Games” in the grass lot next to Shaw’s Marketplace organized by the Parents For Students association along with P.E. Teacher, Kelly Siltman.

Food was also available on the street with the Love Light Committee serving tacos and the Boy Scouts serving hot dogs, nachos and the perfect treat for a July evening, Snow Cones. Both vendors sold out of their products.

The evening was capped off with a concert in Eclipse Square Veterans Memorial Park provided by Winning Wheels featuring The Third Wheel.

The winner of the kid’s bike raffle was Jael Lench, who will get to order a bike of her choosing from Hometown Hardware donated by Envy Boutique.

The next Fourth Friday event is scheduled for August 27 and will feature more kids’ activities, food vendors with additional details to be announced.

Scifres summed up the evening saying, “It was great to see a vibrant event, full of life with families walking up and down Main Street.”

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