The annual Moonlight Madness was a big draw for downtown businesses again Oct. 14, filling up downtown parking spots.
According to Karol Zachmann, the prime rib dinner sponsored by the Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture was a success even though it drew a smaller crowd and there was physical distancing between the families choosing to eat inside Thee Garage.
In addition to prime rib, the meal offered beans, coleslaw and dessert to people who stopped by.
The group also offered curbside-pickup and takeaways for customers.
Other businesses along Main Street such as Baker Drug, Russell’s Clothing and Baker Furniture also had special events or sales to hopefully draw in the customers.
At Baker Furniture, it was a sign of the times... and of life with a pandemic in a small town.
“It is an annual event that we have done here in Baker for so long it still brings some people in.”
“In my opinion, it was successful. I would say the mask mandate maybe cut down on floor traffic, but all in all, we were happy with the outcome. You have got to take it day by day and do the best that you can,” said one of the store owners, Tom Stevens.
Still, the store made some changes because of the current pandemic. “Normally, we have homemade cookies. Normally, my mother bakes, my mother-in-law bakes and a lot of the ladies who work here bake,” he said.
However, COVID-19 brought some changes. “This year we went to bought cookies that were all individually wrapped. We had them spread out throughout the store. We had coffee in one area and other refreshments in another area. We did our best to try to encourage social distancing.
“The health department furnished us with extra masks and hand sanitizers. That is the way that we approached it,” Stevens said.
“We were happy with the turnout. We didn’t know what to expect. Once the mask mandate was put into effect locally, there was a significant decrease in our floor traffic,” he said, noting that it may take time for the people to come out again.