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The downtown Madras summer celebration features more vendors and food choices

ANDY DIECKHOFF/MADRAS PIONEER - Food vendors will serve at Reynoso Food Court during the Sept. 2 First Thursday event in downtown Madras.

The final First Thursday event of the season will get downtown Madras hopping from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2

Businesses stay open after hours, vendors come out with their food and wares, and music fills the evening for the monthly summer celebration along Fifth Street between B and D streets in the downtown core. And new this month, D Street will be closed off between Fifth and Sixth streets to make room for more vendors.

First Thursday organizer Angela Rhodes, owner of Penelope's Soaps and Such, said several vendors from Bend are coming to the party. They'll offer honey and eggs, fresh-roasted coffee beans, pottery, and stones. Local vendors will sell everything from clothing and bakery items to barbecue and home décor.

Mark Mobley and a couple of his Countryfied band members will set up outside of Rhode's shop on Southeast Fifth Street and provide music and entertainment. Shane Brown will play his tunes in the alley near the OK Barbershop, where there will also be axe throwing.

Mexican, sushi and Korean fare will be served at Reynoso Food Court at the corner of Southwest Fifth and Southwest D streets. Folks are welcome to enjoy their dinner in the court, which features new tables, chairs and benches.

Event-goers can meet local oil painter Stephanie Cissna, the September featured artist at Art Adventure Gallery, during First Thursday.

The Madras Downtown Association puts on the event the first Thursday of each month from June through September as a way to entice people downtown.

Rhodes has a feeling the final event of the season will be the best one yet.

"The weather is going to be perfect, and we're going to have more vendors than we've ever had, and it's going to be really fun," she said.

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