Two owners of a new business in downtown Whitesburg are organizing a summer block party.
“It’s basically a party on Main Street,” said Becca Jane Peterson, co-owner of Here Comes The Bun. “We want to show people there is quite a bit to do in Whitesburg.”
A second co-owner of Here Comes The Bun, Carrie Jean Wells, said the event, which she and Peterson have dubbed “Downtown Summersburg,” might encourage others to open businesses downtown.
Peterson and Wells got approval from the Whitesburg City Council during its March meeting to hold the family friendly event beginning at 2 p.m. on June 15.
The city council has agreed to have Main Street blocked off from motorists on that day and the event will be added to the city calendar.
“The fact that these ladies are willing to take the time to organize this event shows an interest in the city and it will be a very good thing for not only the town but the area as well,” said Whitesburg Mayor James W. Craft. “I’m glad these ladies are so interested in promoting the city by not only establishing a business downtown but by also organizing this event.”
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 and Wells have talked to some local business owners and have received positive feedback.
“I want each business to have a game or some type of food in front of their place,” said Peterson.
John Haywood, owner of The Parlor Room, has agreed to create a photo stand-in of characters with tattoos.
Here Comes The Bun will host pie-eating contests on the bakery patio. There will also be face painting at the bakery. Chairs and tables will be moved from its dining area and a tarp will be placed on the floor in order to have water balloon tosses inside the bakery.
Peterson and Wells have mentioned having dunking booths and live music somewhere on Main Street.
“We’re trying to have something for everyone,” said Peterson. “We want to make sure adults have fun, too.”
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.”
A meeting to form an event planning committee for “Downtown Summersburg” will be held at 6 p.m. on April 11 at Here Comes The Bun. Children are welcome to attend the meeting and provide input.
For more information, call Peterson or Wells at 335-3455.