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Main Street Madness coming to downtown

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM SODDERS –  Main Street Madness will come to the downtown Aug. 3. A full event schedule is available on the Marshalltown Central Business District website and Facebook page.

Marshalltown’s Main Street is seeing a revitalization after the area was badly damaged in last year’s tornado, and more and more events are returning to the downtown.

One such event is Main Street Madness on Aug. 3, a block party-style celebration being held by the Marshalltown Central Business District, coordinated by realtor Fauna Nord and State Street Trading Co. owner Rhetta Schmitt.

Nord said she had the old “Ridiculous Days” celebrations in her mind as she had helped plan Main Street Madness.

“When I was growing up here, we used to have that every summer,” she said. “I called it Main Street Madness to make it all-encompassing.”

Ridiculous Days saw retailers take to the street to sell their products at low prices. Nord said that will be a big part of the new celebration’s theme.

“Many of the retailers will have specials, and the restaurants are having specials,” she said.

For instance, Jack’s Pho House is planning 50-cent pop and $1 crab rangoons, and Zamora Fresh Market is planning to sell two tacos for $3, Nord said.

Other stores and organizations in the downtown to be involved include Smokin’ G’s BBQ, 7 Rayos Liquor Store, Stepping Stones Christian Bookstore, Marla’s Headliner, McGregors Furniture, Renew Consignments, BMJ Insurance, Restore Church, Black Tire Bike Co., the Tremont, Fiddle and Whistle, Hellberg’s Diamonds, Create a Keepsake and many more.

Visitors can expect not only sales and specials, but also a pie-eating contest, bouncy house, street games, live music, face painting, crafting, food and more.

The festivities will take place on Main Street in the four blocks between Second Street and Second Avenue from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 3, with music from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For a full schedule of events, visit the Marshalltown Central Business District Facebook page or https://www.marshalltownmainstreet.org. Those with questions can contact Nord at faunalnord@gmail.com

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Contact Adam Sodders at 641-753-6611

or asodders@timesrepublican.com

Editor’s note: This story was corrected to say the festivities will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 3.