Commonwealth Journal

News Live

April 23, 2014

Wal-Mart & Somerset Mall to Host ‘Friday Night Thunder’

Somerset —

Live bands, giant inflatables, shiny show cars, Fudge Puppies and barbeque — it’s all part of the newest event on Somernites Cruise weekends, premiering Friday night at the Somerset Mall.   
The event, called “Friday Night Thunder,” promises to hit the ground running, thanks to two veteran cruise sponsors teaming up.  Wal-Mart and Somerset Mall will jointly sponsor the new event, to be hosted on the mall parking lot, 6 to 10 p.m., the fourth Friday each month, April to October.
“Friday Night Thunder” is the new name for a popular crowd favorite — The Wal-Mart Block Party, held since 2004 in various locations, including The Center for Rural Development and downtown Somerset. 
“We are now in our 10th year hosting the Friday Night Block Party and what better way to celebrate than with the partnership of Somerset Mall,” said Allen Adcock, the local Wal-Mart store’s general manager.
The best of the block parties will continue: live bands, inflatables and the show cars.    
“Of course, everything gets better with funnel cakes, BBQ, brats and oldies tunes,” said Somerset Mall Manager Carol Tucker. “There won’t be any vendors with rice cakes.
“It’s all about bringing wholesome family-fun events to our community and showing support for Somernites Cruise,” she added. “Our stores are adding an all-day Sidewalk Sale to the mix, inside the mall.”  
Tucker mentioned that the mall’s ‘Cruise-A-Palooza’ event last year held on Saturday nights was successful in increasing traffic on the south end, particularly considering its first year.   
 “We had tremendous support from our neighbors and encouragement from the Somernites Cruise team, especially (sponsor and vendor contact) Brenda Russell,” she said.
“The popularity of the Friday Night Block Party and its loyal following of attendees will bring a crowd to Friday Night Thunder,” said Adcock. “ I encourage Somerset-Pulaski County residents and visitors alike to come and enjoy the fun.  

Text Only
News Live
News Live
AP Video
Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks