Putt-putting around downtown Kent

Nathaniel Harvey

Main Street Kent will be hosting its second annual Putt Around Downtown Kent event next Saturday, Oct. 15, with local businesses using their locations as putt-putt holes.

Putt Around Downtown Kent is an event that has participants go putt-putting around the downtown Kent area.

Each participating business creates their own unique putt putt hole that pertains to their business. There are 19 businesses participating in this event including 157 Lounge, The Local Public House and Scribbles Coffee Co.

All participants will be given a raffle ticket when they enter the event, with the opportunity to receive more tickets if they make a hole-in-one on the different businesses’ holes. Participants can win T-shirts, golf items with a Putt Around Downtown Kent logo and free rounds of golf.

Putt-putting will start at the Destination Kent Visitor Center. This is where players check in, receive their score card and golf ball, and a map of downtown Kent. Throughout the downtown area, the businesses will provide putters and complementary snacks for the participants.

The 19th hole, which is Venice Café, is where the round will come to an end and where the participants can grab a complementary drink and Main Street Kent will announce prizes for multiple categories. Categories include Most Creatively Dressed Group, Most Hole-in-One Shots and lowest total score. The award ceremony will start at 4 p.m.

“Our main goal for this event is to help drive business downtown,” said Heather Malarcik, executive director for Main Street Kent.

Malarcik said there were only 72 tickets sold to participants last year, but, this year, she thinks they will sell out of tickets. Already, Main Street Kent has sold over 70 tickets.

There are limited spots available —only 100 participants. The cost for one participant is $15 and a group of four people can participate for $50.

The event starts at 1 p.m.and goes until 4 p.m.

Nathaniel Harvey is the activities reporter, contact him at [email protected]