Events heat up Friday Nights on Main Street in Mulberry

Bennett Horne
Special to the Times Record
Among those enjoying the Friday Nights on Main Street event held Friday, June 11, at Mulberry were siblings (from left) Silas Kling, Jensen Kling, and Nora McCleod from Muldrow, Oklahoma.

Residents in the town of Mulberry can no longer say there is nothing to do there in the summer.

Earlier this month, for example, the street through town was closed off on a Friday night for games, vendors, music and visiting time among neighbors and friends. The next night there was a free music concert at the theater and wrestling at the fairgrounds.

And that’s only the beginning.

“We’re just trying something a little different,” said Mulberry Mayor Gary Baxter. “We don’t want the people of Mulberry to ever say, ‘There’s never anything to do here.’ A lot of people in small towns will say that, but there are things to do.”

That is why town leaders came up with the idea for a summer-long celebration: Friday Nights on Main Street.

“We’ve got something planned every Friday night this summer,” said Baxter. “And if it’s raining, we’ll go to the Crawford County Fairgrounds to one of the home economics buildings there.”

The first celebration on the blocked off Main Street took place on Friday, June 4. The second night, on June 11, featured a visit from the blood mobile, free health screenings and a health fair. Other parties are scheduled for every Friday night through August.

“We have different things planned,” said Larry Hart .“We have a lot of things planned for children and for adults, a lot of games and music and fun activities. We’re just wanting it to grow.”

Hart has worked along with Robin Egerton and Sheila Pannell to organize Friday Nights on Main Street.

Pet adoptions and a dog costume contest are on the Friday, June 18 schedule. The June 25 event will feature an open art exhibit with individuals invited to show off their family friendly artwork. A Veteran’s Appreciation Night is planned for July 2 and the July 16 event will feature a Back-to-School Night theme. School supplies will be given away to Mulberry-Pleasant View students courtesy of the RU4C Bikers.