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Downtown Block Party Brings in Thousands

100 vendors, five stages, and all the local food your stomach dream of. That's just part of this year's Downtown Terre Haute Block Party.
100 vendors, five stages, and all the local food your stomach dream of.
   
That's just part of this year's Downtown Terre Haute Block Party.

"It's really an opportunity for us to showcase downtown Terre Haute. We do invite vendors in, but really all of our shops are open come all the restaurants are open and it gives everyone a chance to peek in and see what they have to offer," said Ariane Detamore of Downtown Terre Haute.

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett kicked of the fest ivies with a ride down this year's new attraction.

"When you get up there and they say okay just stop off, that's the part that really how to get to you for a second, but it goes faster than what it looks," said Bennett. "It's something that you don't normally get to do, so it's going to be a lot of fun."

"Hautians in Motion" proved plenty popular, as dozens took a ride down the line...even reporters.

And it's not just about fun, food and festivities.
   
Businesses say the party is a great way to meet the community they serve.

"Some people don't even know what is in Terre Haute, so this is an excellent opportunity for them to get the word out about their organization," said Tammy Lundborg of the Community Theater of Terre Haute.

Working to highlight just how far the city has come, and continuing to make it the best it can be.

"Just to be able to get people to come down and enjoy it and the students to come over from all the colleges and universities here, it's just exciting to be able to showcase and have some fun downtown," said Bennett.

Detamore added: "If we can get one person that was here tonight to come back and shop or eat or visit a business down here, then we done our job. That's what the Downtown Terre Haute block party is all about."

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