Third Thursdays are back

Folks Enjoying Joplins Third Thursday


JOPLIN, Mo. – The sound of popping kettle corn and other tasty treats being prepared to eat means Third Thursdays have once again returned to downtown Joplin’s Main Street.

With Joplin’s weekly cultural community get together canceled last year due to COVID-19, the gang from Carl Junction’s Kings Kettle Corn was eager to feed the masses. But they say Third Thursdays are about more than just selling snacks.

“Well, we missed all of last season. And it’s tough not seeing the people that we’ve become friends with over the years,” said Howard Burnison of Kings Kettle Corn.

The Third Thursday celebrations put on by the Downtown Joplin Alliance are a chance for locals to celebrate everything that makes the 4-State area great, and that includes checking out local artisans, food vendors, and music.

“No matter what you’re interested in, whether it’s vintage cars or fancy food or beer from the new brewery, any of those things you can find out here,” said Lori Haun with the Downtown Joplin Alliance.

And while all those things are sure to draw in a big crowd, Third Thursday organizers agree with Kings Kettle Corn that the coolest thing to see at Third Thursday is the community.

“Most people’s favorite thing is to come down and to see people. You know, you walk down the street and you see somebody you haven’t seen in a long time, and that’s really going to happen tonight. You know, because all of us have mostly been in our offices or at our homes and haven’t really seen a lot of people,” said Haun.

Third Thurdays will continue every third Thursday of the month through October. The fun goes from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM on Main Street near Joplin City Hall.