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Block Party to offer taste of Batavia

Restaurants, bands part of Sunday event

BATAVIA – Those who come out to Sunday’s Batavia Block Party can sample what restaurants in downtown Batavia have to offer, as well as view classic cars and compete in a hula hoop competition.

“It’s exciting to see how much the Block Party has grown throughout the years,” Batavia 4th Ward Alderman Jamie Saam, who also is a Batavia MainStreet board member, said, according to a news release. “Last year, we had more than 4,000 people attend.”

Batavia MainStreet puts on the event, which will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday on the Batavia Riverwalk at Houston Street and North Island Avenue, as well as on North River Street. The Batavia Block Party expanded to both sides of the river last year after the completion of the streetscape improvements on North River Street.

Several restaurants will participate in the event, offering drink specials and $2 tastings.

In addition, the Batavia Academy of Dance will sponsor twist and hula hoop competitions, and judging will be at 6 p.m. for a pie bake-off.

There also will be a classic car show put on by Old Gold Cruisers, and several bands will play, starting at 4 p.m.

River City Church also once again will host a free kids play zone at the Batavia Block Party.

The free kids play zone will include a bounce house, face painting and more for children 12 and under.

“I love seeing the community come out and support their local scene,” Joi Cuartero, executive director of Batavia MainStreet, said, according to a news release. “This year, we have even more vendors participating with $2 treats, so everyone can get a true Taste of Batavia.”

Sponsors include First State Bank, Music Matters, Boyce Body Werks, the Kane County Chronicle, Advanced Disposal, the city of Batavia, River City Church and Batavia Academy of Dance.

Information is available by going the Batavia MainStreet’s website,

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