HAZEL GREEN—The Hazel Green community will hold a street dance fundraiser on Saturday, June 6, to raise funds for the Hazel Green Veterans Memorial Park.
The ninth annual event will take place on Main Street in front of Wigwam Bar and Grill and Gangster’s Bar and Grill. The event will move to the back side of the bars in the event of poor weather.
From 6-11 p.m., music will be performed by The Brews Brothers, a movie soundtrack blues band with musicians from throughout the tri-state area.
Admission to the street dance is $5.
The event will also feature a raffle drawn at 8 p.m. Tickets are being sold prior to the event and will be available that evening. You do not need to be present to win. A silent auction, and possibly a live auction, will also take place.
Prior to the street dance, a ceremony will be held at the park, located between 19th and 20th streets on Main Street. There will be several speakers, a presentation of the flags, 21-gun salute and taps followed an open house at the American Legion.
Committee member Jim Kolbe said the park used to be a tennis court, eventually transitioning into a basketball court before it deteriorated to the extent that it couldn’t be used. The village removed the court and used the space as a small park.
“The village was looking for a place where we could put a veterans memorial and that was the area we chose to use,” Kolbe said.
He said the committee started working on fundraising for the veterans memorial park approximately 10 years ago, eventually organizing the first street dance in 2006.
The village has been able to make improvements in recent years, including planting shrubbery, pouring cement edging, installing donated benches, placing new bark, updating lighting and electricity and placing donated pavers.
“We’re to the point where we need to order the big stones for people in the war, but those cost quite a bit,” Kolbe said.