By RODNEY D. BOAM
Are you looking for a different or unique Christmas gift for a teen or young adult? It might be worth looking at Mike Rallison’s colorful long boards at the Black Friday Vendor Fair in the Preston’s Strictly Ballroom at 74 S. State.
A longboard is almost like a skateboard, only longer and wider. It is not so much used for tricks as much as it is for cruising down streets and sidewalks. Longboards are also used for competitive downhill and slalom racing.
Before going on his LDS mission, Rallison spent some time in Hawaii and rubbed shoulders with another longboard diehard. The two began to experiment with paints and looks for stylizing longboards.
“No one else was doing it around here,” Rallison said. “So I started doing it and put it on a Facebook page and it kind of took off.”
No two boards are the same and are made by someone who understands how they are used. He makes sure the traction part of the boards are rough and can take the abuse needed.
Rallison will be one of 34 vendors at this year’s Black Friday Vendor Fair. Doors will open on Black Friday, Nov. 29, 30 at 10 a.m. both days and will close Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. or when the traffic winds down.
Santa Claus will be there the first two hours and last two hours both days.
“There are dancers that could use a little help with fees associated with their dancing,” said Sherrie Rallison, Strictly Ballroom owner. “We also did during rodeo week and felt like it worked out well.”
All of the booth spaces are filled with crafters and artists, after she put it on Facebook and people contacted her. There is plenty of entertainment scheduled.
This story is sponsored by LaMont Automotive.
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