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Friday Sports Night amps up Rutland’s Summer

On Friday, July 12, the Downtown Partnership once again pulled off a spectacular night. Friday Sports Night, the second in the Summer Series of 2013 (previously known as Friday Night Live), featured local athletes and organizations and great foods and drinks.
For the kids, games and races were the focal point of the evening. Head Over Heels, a local gymnastics organization, partnered with the blossoming Wonderfeet Kid's Museum to provide a small-scale gymnastics course, complete with balance beams and hopscotch pads. There were karate demonstrations and carnival-style throwing games showcasing a variety of sports.

The parents and adults were able to enjoy a fine dining experience. Many area restaurants offered sidewalk dining and were able to accommodate the large crowds that came out for Sports Night.

The highlight of the evening took place near the corner of Merchant's Row and Center Street, where Flipside Skate Park custom built a temporary ramp, a "soft launch box." Skaters from the area, mostly kids, enjoyed a little taste of the park itself, right in the heart of Downtown. Then, two professional BMX bikers from the New England area provided a shock-and-awe performance as they launched themselves high into the air, performing tricks and spins to the delight of the crowd.

Jay Willman, an associate of Flipside Skate Park, mentioned that this was their first time being a part of a Downtown Rutland event.
For vendors, athletes, kids, and adults, the night was deemed a success. The Downtown Partnership will host its next Summer Series event, Friday Night Arts, on July 19.