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VIDEO: First Fridays returns to downtown Mitchell

The event was sized down last summer to conform to COVID-19 guidelines surrounding large gatherings, but event director Ashley Endres said each Friday this year is back to "full blast."

First Fridays on Main returned to downtown Mitchell on Friday for its third iteration of the summer.

The event begins at 5 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, May through September, and draws hundreds to Main Street for a night of live music, food trucks, kid's games and other festivities.

"We put this on for something fun for the community to come out and be involved," said Ashley Endres, director of Mitchell Main Street and Beyond. "We're trying to just help the community as best we can."

The event was scaled back last summer to conform to COVID-19 guidelines surrounding large gatherings, but Endres said each Friday this year is back to "full blast."

"(The community is) still showing that they're not afraid to come down, and get out, and enjoy what we have going on," Endres said. "We've had good luck with the crowds, even in this heat. So I would say that's a plus."

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Some businesses downtown stayed open longer on Friday to accommodate for the extra foot traffic in the area, many of which said it was a much busier Friday than usual.

Two dates remain for the monthly event's 2021 schedule — Aug. 6 and Sept. 3.

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A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021 and now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on regional news that impacts the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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