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Rain causes vendors to shut down early, but event continues on at businesses.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - Attendees at the Madras Downtown Association's Sept. 5 Park and Play listen to music by Tool House, made up of the father-son duo of Steve and Kevin Tool (far right), of Madras, against a colorful sky.Despite the rain, the Sept. 5 First Thursday Park and Play was a resounding success last week.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - The Keller family, from right to left, Cassandra, Scarlett, 6, Brian and Eric, 9, check out the cupcakes at the Sara's Sweet Muffins booth, run by Sara Johnston, left.Madras Downtown Association board member, Rebecca Keegan, was pleased with the turnout. "It was great. The weather kind of put a damper on it; the vendor area had to shut down early, but overall it was good for the traffic. There were quite a few people walking around."

Although originally, the board has planned to have the September event as the last of the season, they have decided to have an additional First Thursday Park and Play on Oct. 3. "We had a late start to summer, so we're hoping it will be nice in October," he said.

At the event, the Downtown Association intended to have community members work on an origami crane project, but because of the rain, that event was postponed.

Association member Holli Papasodora, who is skilled at origami, said that there will be several more chances for people to participate in that project, which involves writing on the paper that will be folded into cranes.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - Yara Santos, left, sells shaved ice from her stand on D Street, which was blocked off for the First Thursday Park and Play Sept. 5. The next event will be Thursday, Oct. 3.Papasodora said that people will be "writing things they love about our community, writing stories, or drawing pictures (on the special paper). We'll have folding parties in November at Art Adventure Gallery."

The finished products will be on display in December at Art Adventure Gallery.

For those who want to participate in the project, the Madras Downtown Association will have a booth at the Latino Fest Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Madras Saturday Market Saturday, Sept. 21, and at the next First Thursday, Oct. 3.


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