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ABY55 is planning a ‘Main Street Takeover’

The Aby55 Owners sitting outside their shop with community skaters.
The Aby55 Owners sitting outside their shop with community skaters.

Watch out downtown Merced.

Aby55 skate shop and its crew are closing off Main Street from MLK Ave. to K St. for the first ever “Main Street Takeover.” Here you will be able to enjoy the best local vendors, food, music, art, and skateboarding. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 14, and will run from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“Our goal is to show what is possible in this community.” says Trevor Peeples, Abby55 co-owner and event organizer, when talking to the Times. “Local businesses are the heart of Merced, and together we can create an incredible event of our own. We want to be able to provide a platform for people to showcase their work and help vendors gain exposure, as well as give the people of Merced an awesome day. There will be live art and music from local bands and DJs, our favorite food and drinks and plenty of awesome vendors selling goods. There will also be trick or treating and raffle prizes and costume contests.

“Huge thank you to our friends Ingram’s Music, Third Hour Collective, Bella Luna, EarthWorks ClaySpace, Kreepy Kawaii, 17th Street Pub, and Tigers and Daggers for helping us out with this event. If anyone would like to get involved, please contact us.”

When asked what they are most looking forward to at their upcoming event, Peoples replied, “We’re personally super stoked for all of the live artists, and to see some awesome Halloween costumes. We really hope for a big turnout for the costume contest and early trick or treating. Halloween is the best holiday of the year, and we know people love getting into the spirit of Halloween.”

Additionally, Abby55 plans on hosting more of these events in the future. “We absolutely plan on having more events. We hope Main Street Takeover can be the next big event downtown and every Takeover will get bigger and better.”

Peoples finished off with this final message to the community, “Thank you to everyone planning on coming out and for all of the support so far. The feedback has been amazing, and we couldn’t be more excited. It goes to show how supportive our community is and that together we can make Merced better every day.”