Pokemon Go Craze Takes Over Fridays After Five

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EVANSVILLE, INDIANA — Fridays on the Owensboro riverfront usually draw a good crowd of people and their animal friends. But a new craze has people taking the riverfront looking for certain animals that cannot be seen with the naked eye.

“Anywhere we go, we’re like, ‘Are you playing Pokemon Go? Are you playing Pokemon Go? What team are you on?'” Pokemon trainer Adrianna Dean said.

Pokemon Go player Adrianna Dean and her friends are on the hunt for Pokemon and they aren’t alone.

“People are exercising, moving around, meeting new people, getting excited about something,” Dean said. “That’s just something we haven’t seen in a long time.”

“Now they’re coming out and actually seeing daylight for once,” fellow trainer Jordan Yeckering said.

“Before on the Gameboys and stuff, a lot of people would make fun of you for doing it,” trainer Anthony Brown said. “Now those people are doing it too now.”

Friday After Five in Owensboro is taking advantage of the Poke-craze, encouraging people to come out for a Pokemon Go Chase.

“They’ll probably have everybody and their next of kin with them just to play the game and see what’s good with Owensboro,” Dean said.

“It’s gotten a lot bigger, especially now it’s on your phone and it’s free,” Yeckering said.

For these trainers, it’s a chance to live out their childhood dreams.

“I’ve never been very good at video games, so playing this, I’m good at Pokemon for once in my life,” Dean said.

“Pokemon Go has probably been the best invention for society ever,” Brown said.

“I want to be the very best like no one ever was,” Dean said.

To be a Pokemon master may be their destiny and to reach that goal, they’ve got to catch them all.

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