Whitesburg KY

Block party here will feature food, music, contests and pro wrestler

Event is from 2 until 9 Saturday on Main Street in Whitesburg

A summertime block party will be held on Main Street in Whitesburg this Saturday.

Different businesses will host games and activities for children. A pie-eating contest will be held at Here Comes The Bun Bakery. Local musicians Taylyn Combs, Cory Harris and Static will perform.

Current National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Champion “The Ironman” Rob Conway will sign autographs beside Here Comes The Bun Bakery from 6 – 8 p.m.

The Louisville native has wrestled in 49 states and 11 countries. Conway, who has wrestled in three WWE WrestleManias, is a 10-time Ohio Valley Wrestling southern tag team champion, a four-time Ohio Valley Heavyweight champion and a three- time WWE World Tag Team champion.

Here Comes The Bun owners Becca Jane Peterson and Carrie Jean Wells got approval from the Whitesburg City Council during its March meeting to hold the family friendly event from 2 – 9 p.m. on June 15.

“It’s basically a party on Main Street,” said Peterson. “We want to show people there is quite a bit to do in Whitesburg. We’re trying to have something for everyone. We want to make sure adults have fun, too.”

Wells, said the event, which she and Peterson have dubbed “Downtown Summersburg,” might encourage others to open businesses downtown.

Businesses, churches and other organizations are encouraged to participate.

“We are open to everyone being involved,” said Wells, who said businesses don’t have to be located downtown to be a part of “Downtown Summersburg”. “We’ll make space for anyone who is interested.”

Peterson said she was involved with a similar event when she lived in Hot Springs, Ark., which proved to be beneficial for the local economy.

If the summer event is successful, Peterson and Wells will plan a winter event to promote shopping locally.

“We want to support local businesses,” said Peterson. “We also really want to show what Letcher County and Whitesburg have to offer.”

For more information, call Peterson or Wells at 335-3455.

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