“Krazy Days helps spotlight the local businesses of Stevens Point,” said Jordan Eckendorf, the event coordinator for ADB, “it is a big fun gathering.” The event gives community members and other people a way to support downtown businesses while having a good time and getting good deals on purchases, she said.
Currently 25 businesses are signed up to participate in the event and will offer special discounts throughout the two days. Eckendorf expects many more businesses to sign up within the next week.
Some of the businesses participating in Krazy Days include Gepetto’s Workshop, Robin’s Nest Gifts, Divepoint Scuba, Sugar Doll, Jim Laabs, Blue Bead, Radio Kaos and Companion Shop.
There are also two new businesses participating in Krazy Days for the first time: Girls and Pearls (a clothing and jewelry boutique) and Blonde and Beyond (a hair salon).
Two local restaurants, Kristin’s Riverwalk and Bill’s Pizza, will serve food during the event. Eckendorf said the ADB is also be bringing in other food vendors, one of which is a cheese curd vendor.
There will be a variety of entertainment on Jim Laab’s stage this year. The Thursday, July 18, lineup includes: Aber Suzuki Center, 10 to 11 a.m.; Jim Vollmer, 11 a.m. to noon; A.J. Freeman, noon to 1 p.m.; Dan & Laurin O’Donnell and Family, 1 to 2:30 p.m.; Pete Gilson, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; and Bill Weinman, 3:30 to 4 p.m.
The Friday, July 19, lineup includes: Canaland Camp Summer Fun 10 to 10:30 a.m.; pianodrumsguitar.com 10:30 to 11 a.m.; Ray Potocki & Polish Family, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Jay Bryan Sandifer, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.; Geary Larrick, 1:15 to 1:45 p.m.; Tae Kwon Do, 2 to 3 p.m.; Plane Jane, 3 to 3:30 p.m.; and Chamario McMichael, 3:30 to 4 p.m.
Another featured event during Krazy Days is the third annual Ball Drop, which will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19, from the roof of Bill’s Pizza.
More than 1,000 pingpong balls will be dispersed for residents to collect. The pingpong balls will have redeemable prizes for local businesses. Some of the prizes include a free smoothie, free admission to the Children’s Museum and special discounts for select stores.
There will be many children’s activities available throughout the two-day event, including a bounce house, Tippy the clown from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., arts and crafts at the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum and free trolley rides beginning at the Shopko bus area.
The city will provide free bus transportation on both days.
For more information about Krazy Days or the Downtown Business Association, call 715-343-5356 or visit downtownstevenspoint.com.