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Rain doesn’t block downtown party fun

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A thunderstorm at 4:30 p.m. yesterday halted festivities for a while, but things were back in full swing with noticeably cooler temperatures luring many festival-goers back to the fourth annual Downtown Terre Haute Block Party.

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Connie Sisson seemed relaxed as she sat on the sidewalk on Wabash Avenue under the shade of a tree, before the rain came. Using blue and white pieces of sidewalk chalk, she was creating some vibrant artwork on her section among the other works of chalk art in the Chalk the Block contest.

“I’m lucky to have this spot under the tree,” she said, adding the steamy temperature in the 90s was surprisingly not bothering her as she worked on her artwork there. Her young grandchildren pranced around as she sketched a picture of a waterfall.

The day-long event featured many contests and live entertainment. Vendors and representatives from local organizations were set up through five blocks downtown. Festival goers enjoyed seeing classic cars, art and the activities for children stretched out from the corner of Fourth Street to Ninth Street along Wabash Avenue.

Live music was provided by: Erin Wilson, Ross David, The Lemon Brothers Band, Mason Dixons, Beach Bums, Tichenor Jeffries Band, Brad Anderson, Mullet Over and Octane. Other entertainment was available all along the Block Party. A Kid Zone on Fifth Street included a bounce house and temporary tattoos and a Kid’s Bike Rally at Ninth Street, provided a place where bicyclists could test their skills on an obstacle course. A variety of other unique activities were along the festival route, including Carriage rides, poetry reading, African drumming and performances from dance troupes.