DANVILLE – Two hundred backpacks and school supplies will be given away at Friday night’s 2nd annual Back to School Bash downtown.

Downtown Danville Inc. Board President Amy McKinley said attendees will be able to get a backpack and go to downtown merchants to collect the school supplies.

Merchants who are participating or who have donated money to cover the cost of the supplies include: DC Fitness, Vintage Villains, Miles Law Office, Mud & Honey Boutique, Gold Rush Pawnbrokers, Devens & McFetridge, Merle Norman, Downtown Diamond and Pawn, Café 13, Senior Source Danville and The Heron Restaurant.

A school supply drive also is starting as part of a Downtown Good Works Program through the month of August. Drop off locations for school supplies are Café 13, DDI and Senior Source.

Danville District 118 representatives will be at a table Friday night downtown to collect donated school supplies such as notebooks, book bags without wheels, dry erase markers, crayons, pencils, pencil boxes, earbuds or headphones, gym shoes, hand sanitizer, tissue boxes and disinfectant wipes.

Also Friday night during the Back to School Bash, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., there will be a community trunk sale featuring mostly children’s clothes and shoes and sports equipment, sprinkler garden at Kresge Park sponsored by Bowers Tree Service, free bounce house from Dishman Inflatables, Kruger’s ATA Martial Arts break the board instruction and demonstrations and other activities.

McKinley said they are still looking for people to participate in the car truck sale. Cars will be set up on North Street between Hazel and Vermilion streets with items for sale in their trunks. If interested call (217) 274-7239.

McKinley said families will be able to find some school clothes at low prices for their children.

The Fischer Theatre also will be open and will be raffling off a couple full backpacks.

“It should really be a fun evening and very community focused,” McKinley said.

She said the first Friday of the month has been reserved for Family Fun Night activities downtown this summer to coincide with the Summer Sounds concerts which are geared more for adults.

Activities in the upcoming months downtown will possibly include the return of First Fridays, including the popular Potterfest based on the Harry Potter books, and also the Night of Lights Parade.