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Friday Night Block Party returns to The Center

By: Sharon Dodson - The Center
By: Sharon Dodson - The Center

Hot rodders and car enthusiasts have cause for celebration, as the Friday Night Block Party—hosted by Somerset Walmart and The Center for Rural Development—returns for the second consecutive year to its new home on the grounds of The Center on April 23 to mark the opening of the 2010 Somernites Cruise season.

“The Center is pleased to partner once again with Walmart to support this successful community event,” Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center, said. “The Friday Night Block Party provides family-oriented entertainment and is a great way to kick off the summer season in Somerset, Pulaski County, and the Lake Cumberland region.”

The block party is held on the Friday night prior to the fourth Saturday of each month from April through October on the eve of the Somernites Cruise custom car show in downtown Somerset. The event has grown into one of the largest Somernites Cruise pre-show events, attracting hundreds of spectators to meet-and-greet drivers on their arrival to Somerset and enjoy an evening of family fun and free entertainment.

“We are looking forward to being back at The Center for Rural Development this season,” Ron Hall, Walmart coordinator for the Friday Night Block Party, said. “We will have several new vendors, additional inflatable games for the children, and some of the finest custom cars and trucks on the road in town for the opening weekend of Somernites Cruise.”

Monticello-based band Klassyc Tymes, featuring lead vocalist Kenny Owens, opens the first Friday Night Block Party of the season with a 7 p.m. concert in the south parking lot of The Center. The group, billed as the region’s top party and special events band, has an extensive play list from the 60s through the current Top 40 hits.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary season, Somernites Cruise welcomes the pre-49 classics, customs, and hot rods as the featured cars at the April show. These vehicles will be showcased at the Friday Night Block Party in a separate area in front of The Center for spectators to get a closer look and talk one-on-one with the drivers.

Other Somernites Cruise custom cars and trucks will be directed to the south parking lot of The Center where all of the main activities will take place for the Friday Night Block Party.

Hall said many of the crowd’s favorite food vendors will be returning for another season, and more vendors, booths and pre-show entertainment are expected to be added in the coming months.

“We hope to add more variety to this season’s Friday Night Block Party,” he said. “We are looking for different groups to provide pre-show entertainment for spectators who arrive early before the featured band takes the stage later on in the evening.”

There is no admission charge to attend the block party, held from 6-10 p.m. on the grounds of The Center, located at 2292 South U.S. 27 (at Traffic Light 15) in Somerset.

Spectators are encouraged to park on the North Campus of Somerset Community College across from The Center off of Monticello Street. Visitors can also park in a small overflow parking area adjacent to The Center’s north parking lot.

For more information about the Friday Night Block Party, to reserve booth space, or sign up for pre-show entertainment, contact Ron Hall at 606-679-9204.

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