“It turned out exactly like we wanted it to,” Chamber Manager Melissa Galbraith said. “We had about 30 people show up with their classic cars.”
Galbraith said people also showed up for the music on Market Square.
Executive Director of Durant Area Chamber of Commerce Janet Reed said they were happy with the success of previous events as well.
Reed said the first Draggin’ Main held in May had more people than they anticipated.
“Our hopes and visions were to grow the event as we went through the centennial year,” Reed said. “It was spectacular. We had a total of 12 classic vehicles there.”
Galbraith said Thursday’s Draggin’ Main had a better turnout and greater success than the first Draggin’ Main, fitting in line with the Chamber’s vision to grow the event.
“It was a phenomenal evening for everyone,” Reed said. “It was definitely a nostalgic event for us.”
The Chamber is trying to recreate nostalgic events to commemorate their years of service to the community.
“Everything that we are recreating is to help assist in trying to make people understand the importance and the history that the Chamber of Commerce has,” Reed said.
The next big event the Chamber will host is “Tight Shoe Day” on August 6. There will be many different activities and one of the goals of the event is to recreate a picture from the early 1900s.
Chamber will shoot the picture from the same angle and same location as the picture from the early 1900s and will need the assistance of townspeople to make the picture bustling with people and activities.
“We recreated one in 2007 of the exact same shot, it is a color photo, but there is no one in the photograph at all,” Reed said. “When we were looking at the photograph, somebody made the comment ‘It is missing something.’ My comment was, ‘It is the people that were present in that time period.’”
The event is called “Tight Shoe Day” in reference to earlier times when families would wear their Sunday best when they came into town for new supplies.
The Chamber is very excited about all of their centennial celebrations.
“This is a once and a lifetime event,” Reed said. “All of the events that we have had this year will never be recreated, we will never get to relive the celebration of the 100 years, but we will steadily look forward to the next 100-year period.”