Ottumwa's Ladies Night Out proves to be a huge success

Friday was Ladies Night Out in Ottumwa.

The new event brought over 350 women out to the downtown area. Main Street Ottumwa's first-ever ladies night out involved nearly 30 businesses in participation. The event kicked off at Ottumwa's Market on Main and was completely free. Bridge City TV and Appliance is now raffling off a washer a dryer when a drawing is done by the end of the night. MSO Executive Director Bob Untiedt says there are dozens of prizes to be won. The night as a whole is a time for girlfriends to have fun. Yet it also helps boost the local economy.

"This is all about what downtown Ottumwa is and not that many people even in Ottumwa know what the quality of businesses. I think I mentioned before publically a number of times, that there 10 businesses that opened last year. Many of them are probably going to be discovered for the first time tonight," Untiedt said.

Untiedt says with such a successful night MSO hopes to put on the next ladies night event as soon as possible.