HillFest set for family funIt’s one of the busiest intersections of Duluth — busy with vehicle traffic, that is — but residents of the Hillside said they are hoping this Sunday the intersection of Sixth Avenue East and East Fourth Street will be busy with foot traffic for HillFest.
By: Budgeteer News staff, Duluth Budgeteer News
It’s one of the busiest intersections of Duluth — busy with vehicle traffic, that is — but residents of the Hillside said they are hoping this Sunday the intersection of Sixth Avenue East and East Fourth Street will be busy with foot traffic for HillFest as a way to celebrate the neighborhood.
East Fourth Street from Fifth Avenue East to Seventh Avenue East will be closed to traffic on Sunday, Aug. 25.
“This is the fourth year that we have done this,” said Mona Cheslak. “And the intention is still the same, to provide the people who live in the Hillside a little ownership of one of the busiest intersections in the city.”
Food, merchandise and vendors are planned, along with games and contests.
The event is slated from 2 to 6 p.m. and kicks off with yoga with Tiffany Slattengren (bring a yoga mat.) Food vendors range from The Rambler to Gnarfoodz, a new vendor from the Hillside who specializes in health food. Dungeons End will sponsor the game Settlers of Catan. Several bands, the Duluth Playhouse performers and spoken-word artists will be on stage.
The River Church will sponsor a bouncy tent for children.
“We are a neighborhood,” said Cheslak, who is co-chairwoman of the event. The event is grassroots and planned by five neighbors. “We are not a drive-through area: there are people that live here, play here and work here.”
A parade is planned for 5:30 p.m. All are welcome to be in the parade. Decorations for bikes will be available and Hillside resident Gene McKeever is providing costumes for the parade.
The event is free, but bring some money if you want to purchase food or merchandise from the vendors.
WHERE: Intersection of Fourth Street and Sixth Avenue East
WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 25 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
WHY: To celebrate the neighborhood