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Rock Around the Block premiering as Music on Main Friday

The annual Central Park event is changing hands, rebranding
Jun 18, 2018
Photo by: file photo Although it’s no longer called Rock Around the Block, Music on Main is sure to be rockin’ with live music and lots of activities for kiddos to do.

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


Rock Around the Block is rebranding.

The summer events, formerly organized by Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance for the past 10 years, are under new management — Main Street Mt. Pleasant — since the events take place in Central Park.

To recognize Rock Around the Block being handed over to Main Street Mt. Pleasant, the events are being dubbed as “Music on Main,” premiering this Friday, June 22 from 6 to 9 p.m.

“We’re celebrating agriculture at Friday’s event,” Main Street Director Lisa Oetken said. “We’ll have booths and there will be kids’ games, giveaways and a tractor pull.”

The tractor pull is part of a national competition, so if someone wins this weekend, they have the opportunity to go on to the state level, Oetken said.

Farm equipment will be on display in the square such as tractors from Sinclair and new pickup trucks from Shottenkirk.

The atmosphere will be family-friendly with snow cones, bouncy houses and cotton candy. Whiskey Friends will be performing on stage. Oetken described their music as mellow with a bluesy sound.

Henry County Pork Producers will be serving food for sale.

Similar to Wings in the Spring, which took place Tuesday, May 29, Oetken expects a younger crowd this Friday with the amount of young people living in the downtown area. A second Music on Main is July 13 and will be partnered with the monthly Car Cruise in Central Park. The Final Mix, a cover band that plays 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s music will be playing that night. They can often be seen at Press Box in Mt. Pleasant.

“We try to pair bands with the event, what we think the crowd will be like that would attend,” Oetken said. “(The Final Mix’s) saxophone player played for Tina Turner,” she added.

Noon Rotary will be providing the food for Music on Main in July.

The third and final Music on Main will be Rock the Campus at Iowa Wesleyan University in August.

Music on Main is sponsored by the Henry County Farm Bureau and area banks.

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