Outdoor concerts coming to park this summer

By CANDY NEAL
cneal@dcherald.com

HUNTINGBURG — An evening of outdoor music, food and fun will be held in Huntingburg on the fourth Friday of each summer month.

Market Street Park will be the location for 4th Fridays, a free event that is meant to bring people together to socialize and enjoy music for the evening.

“We built this beautiful park. Now we are working really hard to put programming into the park so that it is used,” city spokeswoman Rachel Steckler said. “So we hope that everyone will come.”

So far, 4th Fridays are scheduled for June 28, July 26 and Aug. 23 in the park, which is located downtown between Third and Fourth Streets behind Old Town Hall. The events will start at 5 p.m.

“There will be food trucks, music, kids activities like bounce houses,” Steckler said, “all taking place at Market Street Park.”

Local businesses near the park will stay open later in the evening for visitors, she said.

The event stems from an ongoing partnership between the City of Huntingburg and the Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement; Destination Huntingburg is also involved. Huntingburg is part of an initiative through the Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement to provide more arts and cultural offerings in the city. The city is one of three communities selected to be part of a collaboration with the university that has so far included cinema screenings and musical performances. The collaboration started last fall.

Indiana University will provide two music acts and the city will provide the headliner. The headliner for the June 28 event is Calabash, a southern Indiana band that describes its style as rock, blues, folk and jam. IU is providing a band from its student body and a musical act from the university’s Jacobs School of Music.

The event itself is free; visitors pay for their own food and drinks. A bar will be on the back porch of Old Town Hall and staffed by the Gaslight.

Because alcohol will be served, temporary fencing will be placed around the park during the events.

The idea for 4th Fridays came from Mayor Denny Spinner and is similar to a summer event that is held in Owensboro. “A lot of people here attend the Friday After 5 in Owensboro,” Steckler said. “That’s where the idea came from.”

Organizers hope the event is well received because they would like for it to continue past the summer.

“The idea is to grow this in the future,” Steckler said. “We wanted to start small, to see how all this will work and flow.”

Volunteers are being sought to help out at 4th Fridays. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Steckler at 812-683-2211 or rsteckler@huntingburg-in.gov.




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