The Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet and Retail Shops in Newton will be a hub of activity Friday as the center’s stores host a Moonlight Madness sales event from 6 to 11 p.m. Several “pre-Moonlight Madness” activities also are planned and will take place in the newly opened Trail Room, formerly the food court. From 1 to 7 p.m., Youthville residents will display their “Walk a Mile” exhibit, comprised of art work made of shoes. The Youthville residents used their shoe to tell the stories of their lives in the system, said Shana Smith, director of development for Youthville. The “Walk a Mile” exhibit is a traveling exhibit, and Smith said Youthville is trying to take it statewide. Every seven to eight weeks they have an exhibit, and they rotate which residents’ shoes are featured. “It’s for kids to express their story,” Smith said. Residents also made pens, Christmas cards, ornaments and suncatchers to sell, with all of the proceeds benefiting Youthville and the individual residents who made the items.

Debra Mitchell, director of marketing for Chisholm Trail Center, said the Youthville sales will allow the kids to get positive feedback and “to see their work has done something of value.”

“It’s a good work ethic for them to learn that something they created, they can be rewarded for that,” Mitchell said.

Also from 1 to 7 p.m., Newton Performing Arts, Chisholm Trail tenant, will sell refreshments and paint faces for a fund-raiser, and craft booths will sell wares. Craft vendors will include Unique Creations (wood items), Ray Peavey (wood items), Mary Miller (holiday decorations), Wood Crafts, Bit O’ Sunshine (jewelry), Pages Bookstore and Furry Puppets.

From 6 to 9 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit their workshop at space No. 121 at the Newton Trail Center. The visit is courtesy of the Veterans Committee of Harvey County. Polaroid photos will be available.

Newton Performing Arts students will do sidewalk dancing, and the Youthville choir will carol during the day. From 6:30 to 7 p.m., the Newton Bible Christian School Children’s Choir will carol on the sidewalk and in the stores. Immanuel Baptist Church Children’s Choir will sing from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

From 6 to 9 p.m., Newton Performing Arts will wrap gifts for donations at Kitchen Collection, dressbarn and Golf USA.

“All these pre-events are building up excitement and getting people out here” before the 6 to 11 p.m. store sales, Mitchell said. She said the center is trying an evening sale in response to customer needs and trends.

“We find predominantly for our location, that’s what we see is more foot traffic later on in the day,” Mitchell said. “We decided to extend our hours into the evening to be more convenient for the shopper.”

While some of the stores may be doing early-morning sales, Mitchell said with the Chisholm Trail 8 Theatre on location in the center, it also makes sense to extend into the evening hours. She said many stores will have sales during the day, but several are planning on putting their entire stores on sale during the evening hours. Rue 21 and Dressbarn will have buy one item, get one 50 percent off. Golf USA will have everything on sale up to 75 percent, Mitchell said. Factory Brand Shoes will take 10 percent off the first pair of shoes bought and 20 percent off the second.

This is the second year the Mitchell Brothers, Brent Mitchell and Brian Mitchell, have owned the Chisholm Trail Center, and Debra Mitchell said it is the first time they have done the Moonlight Madness event.