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Street Fair raises money for bike giveaway

The goal for this year’s fourth annual Lawrence County Bicycle Giveaway is giving 350 to kids in the community for Christmas. Co-organizers of the giveaway John Dickess and Don Schwartz said during an inaugural fundraising Street Fair on Saturday they have reached the halfway mark.

“We have 50 bikes on hand and have 75 ordered,” Dickess said. “We have received a lot of donated money here today and all the things here have been donated. We have no overhead cost for having this. People have been just walking up and handing us money for bikes.”

The Street Fair was on Bobby Bare Boulevard in downtown Ironton and people ate, listened to live bands, shopped at nearly 30 vendors, visited a car show and bought $5 chances for an ATV.

“The ATV raffle is getting a lot of attention,” Dickess said. “Overall we are doing really well so far but we know we have a lot of work to do to reach our goal and that’s why we are here doing this today.”

Ninety minutes into the fair 50 chances to win the ATV had been sold. ATV raffle tickets can be purchased at Dickess Auto Repair, 212 S. Sixth St., or Advance Auto Parts, 615 Park Ave.

Also at the Street Fair were a cakewalk, a 50/50 raffle and traditional and silent auctions.

Tools and pies and cakes were available for auction and the gospel bands Soulsong and 4Given provided the music from a flatbed trailer.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and the Ironton Health Department are helping raise money for the giveaway.

Nearly 250 bikes were given away last Christmas.

All proceeds from the Street Fair are used to fund the bike giveaway.

Donations are always accepted. This year’s Lawrence County Bicycle Giveaway is at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, in the Ironton High School Auditorium.