Woodward swells with Friends and Neighbors Day crowds

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Hundreds of people filled the Woodward downtown Saturday for the annual Friends and Neighbors Day celebrations.

The day-long festivities were heavily weighted toward food and fun, including dozens of vendors, an arm-wrestling contest, car show, inflatables and bags tournament for the kids, a dance, the Little Miss Woodward Pageant, a pie auction and raffle and many other activities, all topped off with fireworks.

Troy Janssen, chair of the Woodward Friends and Neighbors Day Committee, was grateful for the success of the event.

“I want to thank you for coming,” Janssen said. “We know the wind kind of got the best of us but as we all know, we can’t control what Mother Nature has control of.”

He said it was “overall a very good day. I know I didn’t get to spend too much time chatting with most of you as I would have liked.” Janssen and his wife, Melanie Whitlatch Janssen, and many local volunteers put many hours into planning the event, and their efforts made for a beautiful ride Saturday.

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