Tuesday, October 5, 2010

And what a party it was ...

Pirate Sean Radford added to the festivities

Racine's 8th Party on the Pavement may have been overshadowed by the stuck Ferris Wheel that stranded 17 people for over two hours -- all were brought down safely -- but that was not all that was happening Downtown.

The street fair celebrating the reconstruction of Main and Sixth Streets was its usual exuberant affair. Party-goers brushed off the cold (some wrapped in blankets, like the fellow at left) and occasional drizzle to enjoy lots of music, dance, arts and food. Here's some of what we photographed, mostly before the Ferris Wheel rescue took place. From what we saw, there was plenty of party for all.

At top is Sean Radford, of London, who was helping kids (and adults) dig for buried treasure compliments of Plumb Gold. More than 150 pouches of pirate booty -- jewelry, toys and candy -- were buried in a sand-filled pool. Anyone with $5 ransom was permitted to dig, with all proceeds earmarked for the Racine County Food Bank.

Folkswagon entertained from the main stage on Monument Square

Metal sculptor Ed Janecek adds a finishing touch

Titus, Rench and Wheary harmonize

Macyn Taylor sings and plays guitar while Raiders mascot greets a fan

Chainsaw carving was just one of the demonstrations Sixth Street offered

Final Approach's Barb Halsima rocked Main Street

Horlick Cheerleader braved the dunk tank

Chris Duerkop wore his own artwork to the Art Walk

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