Third Thursday events in Joplin have become a staple for the city, drawing thousands to the downtown district and promoting business as well as family fun.
Through the crowds of people looking for a nice night on the town, you will find face painters, children making instruments, or people participating in an obstacle course.
Those are activities planned months in advance to draw people to the third Thursday events in downtown Joplin.
With all the activities, taking up the four-block section, Mark Williams says people can see growth over the years begin to pop up or see opportunities for other businesses to move.
"When people come down here for an event like Third Thursday Art walk, they say 'wow I didn't remember this store was here or hey there's a new store. Or hey lets go eat downtown.' Then they also think there's a vacant shop that would be great for so-and-so to open a business." says Williams.
While the Third Thursday is now somewhat a staple in the community, Williams says there are still growing pains the board is going through in making sure the events go on without a hitch.
"We're working with the artist and the new directors and members of the board in everything that we do because we want it to look good down here. We want it to feel good down here and we want it to be good down here. So when people come down here, they're going to tell their friends about it and they're going to come back."
And Williams says coming back to the hub of the city is a worthwhile investment in the city and the people of the community.