Jun 07, 2021 8:31 PM

Largest Third Thursday ever is scheduled for June

Posted Jun 07, 2021 8:31 PM

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Third Thursdays were scheduled to return to Poyntz Avenue in late May, but Mother Nature had other plans, postponing the long-awaited return of the public arts event until June. 

"We're just putting out a call for everybody to do the no rain dance," said Downtown Manhattan Executive Director Gina Scroggs, referring to the upcoming Third Thursday event. "So far. the forecast is looking pretty good, so I'm excited about that."

Scroggs requested the usage of the Riley County Plaza on the south side of the Riley County Courthouse, overlooking Poyntz Avenue due to a high number of performers and vendors. 

"We have the largest scheduled Third Thursday that we've ever had," said Scroggs. "We shoot for, and know that we have space for, 21 artists, performers, and entertainers, and we are at 31." 

Scroggs stated that she did not anticipate using much of the plaza space, but primarily the use of the area closest to the sidewalk of Poyntz. 

The upcoming Third Thursday will be held on Thursday, June 17th from 5-8p.m. in Downtown Manhattan.