Summer Nights returns to WC

The clouds threatened to dampen the celebration, but that didn’t stop a large crowd of local residents and visitors for turning out for the first Summer Nights event of 2014 Friday.

The rains managed to bypass the celebration as vendors welcomed customers with booths dotting the 600 Block of Second Street. The theme for the evening was Be a Hero, with area residents offered the opportunity to learn more about Be the Match and bone marrow donations.

Peterson Construction brought in a Sky Jack to offer area residents a different view of Webster City. For a donation of $5 for adults or $2 for children – which was donated to Be The Match – riders were lifted two stories in the air, offering a 360-degree view of the community. Many snapped photos while others just enjoyed the view of the city.

At the Webster Theater, volunteers were selling popcorn and candy, along with accepting donations for HERO’s effort to reopen the historic theater. The group said it is still on track for a September grand opening.

Sharing space at the theater was the Friends of the George Reeves Memorial were on hand with a display and photographs of Superman in various locations around Webster City.

Children had a chance to sign up for prizes from the Kendall Young Library and to write their “super powers” on a white board next to the booth. Further down the street, young super heroes could create colorful capes and masks at a booth sponsored by Building Families, Bee Inspired CAPP Program, and the Family Community Action Team.

The Webster City Lions Club grilled up burgers for those who were hungry and nearly sold out of the sandwiches by the night’s end. Members of Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal prepared tacos and other Mexican foods, which also sold out. Other vendors sold cotton candy, lemonade and kettle corn. There were even Girl Scout cookies available along the street.

Crimestoppers offered children the chance to dive for coins and prizes during its Nickel Scramble event. Young people combed through piles of saw dust in search of nickels, wooden prize tokens and other prizes. Two age divisions – age five and younger, and ages 6 to 10 – offered all an opportunity to hunt for nickels.

Along the street, vendors sold a variety of products from soaps to leather goods, from jewelry to kitchen products.

Chamber Director Deb Brown said she was pleased with the turnout for the event and looks forward to the next Summer Nights, scheduled for July 19. A final Summer Nights will be held Aug. 15.