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MUSCATINE, Iowa — Vendors, musicians, volunteers and more are needed for this summer’s Muscatine Second Saturday street festival, and organizers are turning to area residents and businesses for help.

Muscatine Second Saturday, a new downtown shopping and entertainment street festival, will kick off June 11. The event aims to bring focus to Muscatine’s downtown business, as well as promote artists and musicians from the area. The event will take place in the evenings each month on the second Saturday from June through October.

The idea for the event came to fruition a year ago after Muscatine CVB Director Ky Cochran visited a First Friday event in Santa Cruz, Ca.

“I just loved it,” said Cochran. “And I thought Muscatine could do this.”

She returned to Muscatine, presented the idea to Rebecca Paulsen, Flynn Collier and a group of dedicated committee members.

With the dates set and major plans in place, Cochran and the committee are starting the next phase of planning.

“We need people to help us run the event,” said Cochran.

Each month there will be around 50 vendor spots set up in separate places along Second Street. Cochran said they are hoping to find local food vendors and vendors who would like to sell their handcrafted art, something she says that she knows that there is an abundance of in Muscatine.

“The artistic community here just blows my mind,” said Cochran.

There will also be four spots saved at each block along Second Street where acoustic musicians will play.

Volunteers for each of the Second Saturdays will be needed to help set up, tear down at the end of the night, run the information booth as well as assist vendors when needed.

Downtown businesses are also encouraged to participate in the Muscatine Second Saturday event. Cochran says the best way the businesses can participate is to just be open, even if they normally would not be. Businesses are also being asked to help sponsor the event, by choosing one of four levels of sponsorship.

“We are putting an emphasis on shopping,” said Collier, who besides being a part of the Second Saturday committee, owns the downtown art gallery We Can Frame That.

Collier is hoping that downtown businesses embrace the event, because it’s new, different and will not be just a revitalization of old ideas. He also believes that this event will give people something to talk about.

“So far the responses have been really, really good,” stated Collier.

More information on Muscatine Second Saturday can be found online at muscatinesecondsaturday.com. Forms are also available on the website for anyone interested in sponsorship, vending, volunteering and performing. Cochran will be available to answer any questions and can be reached through email at muscatinesecondcity@gmail.com or by phone at 563-272-2534.

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