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Entertainment, food and more will be featured on Fifth Street for the popular community event.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Spanish-themed youth dancing was featured during one of last year's First Thursday events in downtown Madras. The event provides entertainment to the community, while showcasing its downtown businesses.
The Madras Downtown Association is bringing back its highly successful First Thursday Park and Play events, starting May 2, with a fiesta theme.

There will be numerous vendors along D Street and dancers from Studio K and Unique Performing Arts will perform at Sunshine Corner, next to Reynoso's Jewelry.

Reynoso's will be bringing in Mexican food via antojitos, or small market stalls, serving tacos, tamales, fruit cups, and fruit water drinks that people can purchase as they watch the dancers.

Art Adventure Gallery will be open at 5 p.m., with art celebrating the Community Read, "Birding Without Borders."

Studio on Fifth will be continuing to hold their carving sessions on Thursday nights. The studio is a great demonstration spot, where community members are invited to get a closer look at wood carving.

The Patty Davis Band will be playing at Wild Bleu, with Bad Pacifist playing at Willow Creek Taproom, located next to OK Barbershop in the food truck alley. Both bands will be live from 6-8 p.m.

According to Kim Schmith, who helps with the First Thursday events, the goal this year is to, "strengthen the depth of our vendors, create even more options for the entire family, showcase local businesses and promote the growing vibrancy of downtown Madras."


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