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July 8, 2014

Planning under way for 2014 Downtown Block Party

TERRE HAUTE — Wabash Avenue will be full of activity Aug. 23 as the 2014 Downtown Terre Haute Block Party takes over five city blocks in a celebration of music, food and events.

Stretching from Fourth to Ninth streets, five stages will be set up for entertainment. About 100 vendors of arts, crafts and nonprofit services are expected. Some booth spaces remained available for the event as of Tuesday.

This is the fourth year for the block party, which has grown rapidly in a short time. Thousands of people are expected downtown, said Boo Lloyd, an event organizer and owner of Boo’s Crossroads Cafe and the Corner Grind.

“It’s a great family event that lasts all day and all evening,” Lloyd told the Tribune-Star.

New activities this year include a “Chalk the Block” event, a meet-and-greet tent set up by Indiana State University, a children’s bike rally and a second kids’ zone of activities.

Maps of the events will be printed for distribution to identify local restaurants, businesses, vendors and the entertainment on the stages.

The Chalk the Block features sidewalk chalk artwork by individuals, families and professional artists who sign up for a segment to color. Each participant or group will be given a bucket of sidewalk chalk. The entries will be judged in different categories and trophies will be awarded.

Lloyd said the chalk drawing contest has become popular in other cities, and it seemed like a good family activity to draw folks to the block party.

A bike rodeo is also new and will feature an obstacle course, a bike safety check and a raffle for a new bicycle. Participants are to bring their bikes and helmets.

Numerous restaurants are to line the block party route.

Vendors commit to operating their booths from 1 to 8 p.m., and some vendors may choose to stay until midnight when activities end.

As for the musical offerings, The Crossroads Plaza will have performances by Academy of Dance from 1 to 3 p.m., Sing Mates Square Dancers from 4 to 5 p.m. and New Wave Pro Wrestlers from 6 to 7 p.m.

Stage One from Fourth to Fifth streets is scheduled to feature Erin Wilson from 1 to 4 p.m., The Lemon Brothers Band from 5 to 8 p.m., and Brad Anderson from 9 p.m. to midnight.

The lineup for Stage Two at Sixth Street has not been confirmed.

Stage Three at Seventh Street is scheduled to feature Millie & Maude from 2 to 2:30 p.m., Pulse with Heather Michaels from 3 to 3:30 p.m., Mason Dixons from 5 to 8 p.m. and Mullet Over from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Stage Four near the Copper Bar and Terminal is scheduled with the Beach Bums from 5 to 8 p.m.. and  Octane from 9 p.m. to midnight.

A kids zone will be set up near the Children’s Museum, with another kids zone set up by Barnes and Noble bookstore.

A cruise-in car show is also planned for a nearby parking lot.

A cornhole tournament is planned between Fifth and Sixth streets. The contest is free to two-person teams, and several prizes will be awarded.

Two downtown parking garages are scheduled to be open, and several area parking lots and on-street parking are to be available. Wabash will be closed from Fourth to Ninth streets, as will connecting side streets from Cherry to Ohio streets.

Reporter Lisa Trigg can be reached at 812-231-4254 or lisa.trigg@

tribstar.com. Follow her

on Twitter @TribStarLisa.

For booth space

• To apply for a booth space for this year’s block party, go online to www.downtown

terrehaute.com and click on the block party link. Or go to www.choosedowntown.com.

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