OSKALOOSA — Friday After Five is back again this year, with even more food, fun and music.

The first Friday After Five of the summer is slated for Friday, June 9, and it will begin at 5 p.m. at the Oskaloosa square; the event will also be held again on July 7 and Aug. 4.

Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group Commerce Chair Crystal Boender said food vendors will again make their presence known, as will NoCoast Beer Company.

There will also be activities to keep people of all ages entertained.

“Gateway Nazarene is doing the bounce house for children, the YMCA will be doing an obstacle course for young people,” she said. “Those are just a couple of the things that we have going on. There will be some different adult games like giant Jenga.”

Boender said Friday After Five in the past had been held every Friday in June.

“What we found with the continuous Fridays in June, [is] that [it] also overlapped with baseball, softball, little league, all kinds of different things,” she said. “So this just gives an opportunity for people to be able to enjoy them throughout the summer and not just one every Friday in June.”

There will be more room to enjoy the event this year, Boender said, as the entire square and the three surrounding streets (excluding North Market) will be used.

“That way we can spread out a little bit. New this year is the YMCA obstacle course, so that’s exciting,” she said. “I think just more space is good. Families will be able to interact and spread out, sit on the grass, sit on the benches, bring chairs, and everything that they want to do and listen to the band.”

It’s a great event to enjoy friends and enjoy great music, Boender said. Friday After Five on July 7 will feature Journey’s End and Fatal Attraction. Cody Hicks will return to Friday After Five on August 4. Bands will wrap up around 10 p.m.

“This Friday, we will have Small Town Superheros and the Rich Webster Band and they are local favorites,” she said.

— Herald staff writer Angie Holland can be reached at aholland@oskyherald.com and followed on Twitter @OskyAngie.

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