MARSHALL, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — Marshall Main Street hosted the 24th annual Lemonade Stand Contest and ninth annual Strawberry Fest Contest on Friday.
Due to inclement weather, the event was re-located from Main Street to a barn at the Marshall Fairgrounds.
Local kids were given the opportunity to make their own lemonade, which the public was invited to try and vote which they liked best. Marshall Mayor John Hastens, Police Chief Chris Smithson and Fire Chief Paul Hoggat were all in attendance.
The money raised from the event went toward grants for downtown businesses as well as any marketing and promotions necessary to support them. Event organizer Nora Swalls with Marshall Main Street said she hopes events like this one encourage the public to come and appreciate what the community offers.
“We hope that people will start to come out,” Swalls said. “It’s summertime and shop small and see all the businesses we have. We have a beautiful square and a beautiful courthouse. So we’re hoping we can get people to come out and enjoy it.”
Marshall Main Street will also be hosting a Back-to-School Bingo Event on Tuesday, July 20. Proceeds from the event will go toward Marshall-area schools. The event will be at Harlan Hall on Locust Street in Marshall. Doors will open at 6 p.m. CT.