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First block party a success

Shows off event community collaboration

A collaboration between the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization, Ironton aLive, Friends of Ironton, Ironton in Bloom and the city of Ironton put on a community block party at the Ironton Farmers Market Monday evening, complete with free food for all to enjoy.

The idea was thought up approximately three weeks ago and the event played right into the Glockner Summer Concert Series, and capped off a two-day visit from America in Bloom judges, critiquing the city on six criteria.

“I think it unites the community and gives people a chance to get out and visit,” Leslie Pettinger, an AIB judge, said.

Ironton Mayor Katrina Keith said events like this affect everyone.

“Anytime you have a community event, it gets people the opportunity to come together, bring unity and showcase what Ironton has to offer,” Keith said.

Free hot dogs, popcorn and cake were available during the event, as well as inflatables for the children from BC Tool and Rental.

Tents that were represented at the block party were the Ironton Rotary Club, the CAO, Ohio Means Jobs, Ironton in Bloom and the River Cities Chapter of Bikers for Christ.

The Ironton High School guard was also on hand dressed as Disney princesses garnering loads of attention.

“All this has to do with America in Bloom being in town,” Heighton said. “And we wanted to work the concert right in with it.”

Performing the Glockner Ironton Summer Concert Series Tuesday night was Carrier.

After the block party and concert, the evening wrapped up about 9:30 p.m.