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The circus theme draws crowds at Rutland’s first Summer Series event of the season

RUTLAND - On Friday, June 21, downtown Rutland was transformed into a bustling hub of vendors, performers, and musicians. Even before the events officially openned at 6 p.m., Center Street was full of anticipating patrons, ready to enjoy the evening. With the sun still high on the horizon (being that it was the longest day of the year) and a clear sky, the Solstice Circus, proved to be an exciting and family-friendly experience.

People of all ages had something to enjoy. Stilt-walkers, jewelry vendors, and a petting zoo were some of the features that children enjoyed most. The petting zoo was a new feature for the Summer Series. Children enjoyed petting goats and lambs inside a large cage to keep them safe and contained. Other fun stations included bubble-blowing and a child karate demonstration.
The concert performance by Rick Redingtion and The Luv drew a primarily adult crowd that overflowed the seats provided, many more stood to watch.

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Businesses down Center Street set out extra seating that quickly filled.

Jacqueline Fleck, manager of the Coffee Exchange, has been involved with past Friday Night Live events and said that this year, "they're tried to make it more family-friendly." The new petting zoo, kid-oriented street performers and face-painting booth, were evidence of this effort. When asked what could be improved, Fleck said she'd like to see a more even distribution of booths in order to include businesses that weren't directly in the center of the street. "Yes, it will improve. There are always kinks to work out," she said.

Coming up in the Summer Series is Friday Sports Night on July 12, from 6-9 p.m. For more information visit www.rutlanddowntown.com/events-entertainment/friday-night-live.