By Hayley Morrical
On Sept. 5, around 10 p.m., college students from surrounding areas gathered downtown for the annual College Night held by the Newton Chamber of Commerce.
College Night was a little different than last year due to the focus being shifted all over downtown due to Et Cetera Shop’s inability to participate.
Lines formed in front of the Faith and Life Bookstore to receive a free backpack filled with goodies. When the event began, students were given a Bingo card, which needed to be filled in order to be entered to win the grand prizes, an iPad and a flat screen TV, at the end of the night.
Participating businesses and stops on the Bingo route included Prairie Harvest, Faith and Life, Designs by John, Bank of the West, Patriot Pawn and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
At these locations, businesses gave students goodie bags, food, drinks, water bottles, coupons, information or other miscellaneous items.
“College Night increases awareness of our stores and different offers,” Carol Sue Stayrook Hobbs, a Prairie Harvest employee, said. “We appreciate all of our college customers.”
Other business owners and employees made similar comments saying the night introduced students to their products and deals.
Students appreciated the chance to take a study break and have a fun night with their friends downtown.