Christmas classics and sun-bathing Santas turned a 90 degree, muggy July evening into a cool opportunity to gather with family, and feel a sense of community in trying times.

This month’s food truck Thursday had a dozen beloved, local food vendors, balloon art, activities for kids and families, and plenty of shopping, both out on the street and in downtown Claremore shops.

Claremore Main Street Executive Director Jacob Garrison said this month’s event was, in part, a promotion for Dickens on the Boulevard, a Christmas-time treat in downtown Claremore that whisks people back in time to the Claremore of yester-year. Tickets for the various Dickens historical tours and activities as well as reduced cost pre-orders for ornaments were available.

There are three Food Truck Thursday’s remaining in 2020.

“The last Thursday in August is also going to be our first Corporate Olympics Challenge event, with various organizations all throughout town, competing for our Corporate Olympics Heavy Weight Belt,” Garrison said.

“September is going to be ‘Cruisin’ Main on Route 66,’” Garrison said. “Melton’s Auto Dealership is teaming up with us, and we’re going to have a lot of cars and Route 66 Drag themed event.”

The final Food Truck Thursday of the year will actually be a Food Truck Saturday, on the night of Halloween.

“Last year, when we did it on Halloween, we teamed up with the museum and various churches in town, and what was usually a two-block event turned into about a five-block event,” Garrison said. “We had thousands of people, it was a great turnout, and that’s how we’ll finish off the season.”

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