Prom Extravaganza | VideoVan Tieu | 2/17/2013
Although prom may be months away, it`s never too early to find that perfect dress. Even if you don`t have a date, yet! But that`s the one part of it all for a girl: the dress, the hair, the make up- and looking like a star.
"It feels like we`re going to prom right now," said Brittany Swenson, as 29 students from Bismarck-Mandan, Beulah, and Underwood graced the runway wearing Milano dresses from Meriwether Trade and Gifts in Mandan.
"Around here, we really don`t have that many choices of stores to go to. So this is a great importunity to get cool dresses," said model Kayla Golke.
Owners Scott and Roma Newton spearheaded the First Annual Prom Extravaganza, a completely free event showcasing dresses, giving out prizes and offering prom deals from local businesses.
"We`re all doing this together. So it`s all of us showcasing our businesses here together. Working together as a community," explains Newton.
Sixty-five local businesses came together in less than five weeks to put on the event. About 200 people showed up to score some deals and cheer on the models.
"It`s really cool that our community comes together to make sure our night is special and we have the night of our lives for senior prom or whatever year. and it`s really cool that they`re into it," said model Courtney Goetz.
The dresses were sold at a 10 percent discount, and the Prom Committee says they look forward to hosting Prom Extravaganza in the future.