By Marty Bachman
It was a beautiful warm, sunny spring day that met the dozens of people who attended White Pine Chamber of Commerce’s first Fun Friday of the year last week at Sculpture Park on Aultman.
There were a variety of vendors offering services, food, drinks and games, which included musical hats, which turned into musical chairs as the pool of candidates dwindled to the final two eventual winners.
Karen Livingston and Jodi Foster of KDSS radio, (Foster is also chair of the Fun Friday committee) hosted and emceed the event, keeping the audience entertained with music, judging the races and games, and promoting the
“Kids played with bubbles and hula hoops, prizes were awarded and everyone had a good time,” wrote Chamber President-elect Lorraine Clark in an email to the Times. “Fun Friday is a downtown celebration with entertainment, vendors, food, and lots of fun. KDSS Radio does a live remote to let everyone know what is happening.”
While live music was to be provided by a band hired by Club Rio, unspecified problems prevented them from showing up, forcing Livingston and Foster to improvise throughout the early evening.
White Pine Chamber Executive Director Wayne Cameron said he was disappointed because of the band’s break down, but he said the event still went fairly well.
“This is the first one of the year and it turned out very well,” Cameron said. “We had a very good attendance.”
Cameron noted that some vendors were also no-shows but he expected them at the next Fun Friday on July 1.
According to Clark. the event is not just limited to the park, but the entire downtown participates as businesses are identified with signs in their windows and people are invited to come in and check out the specials that are offered.
Local businesses that took part in the event included Garnet Mercantile, which hosted the kid races and the bean bag toss, giving out ribbons to winners; Untamed Optionz, which provided the Jumbo Jinga; Economy Drug, which offered specials on their sandwiches and fountain drinks at their location directly across the street from the park; the Hotel Nevada, which donated the ice cream cups; Yard Bank, which stayed open a few extra hours; This and That gift store; Club Rio; and Learning Bridge Charter School, which was selling raffle tickets to win a barbecuer during a drawing they plan to hold at the county fair in August.
Other local businesses and organizations participating were William Bee Ririe Hospital, which sold cotton candy; The White Pine Rodders, a local car club doing Hot Wheel races to raise money for scholarships they hand out; White Pine Flag Football did signups and sold pulled pork and chicken sandwiches, corn on the cob and chips and had a bar with half of what they raised going to the high school athletic program; and Erica Skye and her son, Jeff, raffled tickets to win a family pack to Lagoon amusement park in Utah so he can afford to attend a Youth Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.
Scentsy consultant Christina Lopez offered deals on her scented wares, and members of the Desert Mountain Realty team handed out information on local real estate. Battle Born Media, owners of the Ely Times, also served as a sponsor.
Clark said that vendors are welcome and may contact the Chamber at 775-289-8877 for rates and information. Non-profit organizations are invited to fund raise or recruit membership, as well, she noted.
“Contact the Chamber and talk to Wayne Cameron for information,” she said.
The next Fun Friday will be on July 1 and will be themed, “Welcome Home WPHS Alumni.” There will be a live band out of Idaho, “Two Kill Two,” again sponsored by Club Rio.
Other upcoming Fun Fridays will be Aug. 5, which will feature a Chili Cook Off and live band; the Oct. 28 Trick or Treat the Street Fun Friday and the Nov. 25 Christmas Walk & Lighting of the community Christmas tree.
“Mark your calendar and plan to join the fun,” Clark said.