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By DAVID CAMPHOUSE
Over three dozen stores and pop-up vendors are participating in this year’s Girls Night Out on the Square in Pittsfield, which takes place this Thursday, Nov. 4, from 4-8 p.m.
Attendees of the event may register for the grand prize, which is a stay for two at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge, at one of four businesses – US Cellular, Casteel’s, Wright Place Auto Body and Hometown Real Estate.
According to Pittsfield Mayor Gary Mendenhall, Girls Night Out plays an important role in supporting Pike County businesses.
“Girls Night Out attracts out of town visitors to Pittsfield,” Mendenhall said. “It introduces them to all our shops around the square. Hopefully they develop a relationship with our businesses, and they become long-term customers to our businesses.”
New for this year’s Girls Night Out, the City of Pittsfield is setting up a 30’ by 60’ tent on the courthouse lawn.
According to Mendenhall, the tent will offer refreshments as well as live music from 6-8 p.m.
“The city is super excited to host a tent and a stop during this year’s event,” Mendenhall said. “We are featuring Gator Head, which is three musicians from Mad Hoss Jackson. Everybody knows Mad Hoss Jackson.”
Participating businesses will offer door prizes, giveaways, samples, sales, refreshments and other forms of entertainment. In addition, the Pike County Chamber of Commerce will be selling 50/50 tickets at Pikeland Motors.
“From the city’s perspective, anytime money is spent here and local businesses are promoted, that’s a good thing for everybody,” Mendenhall said.
Like most years many businesses will have other vendors set up inside their business with even more items to explore and purchase.
For more information on the event, look for “Girls Night Out on the Square” on Facebook. Those wishing to be added to the Chamber’s email list should send a request to email@example.com.
Girls Night Out on the Square is a cooperative event between the City of Pittsfield, the downtown businesses and the Pike County Chamber of Commerce.
For information about the Girls Night Out on the Square, contact the Chamber office at 217-285-2971 (please leave a message) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girls Night Out on the Square is sponsored by Harpole’s Heartland Lodge, Illini Community Hospital, Quincy Medical Group, Sheila Davidsmeyer Northwestern Mutual, Casteel’s, Wright Place Auto Body, New Way Signs, CASSCOMM, Ace Hardware, Whitetail Properties and Great Rivers Bank.