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Block Party Heats Up East Bank

July 6, 2012, 10:18 PM by Kelly Bartnick

Block Party Heats Up East Bank

There are few ways to beat the heat when the triple digits rear their ugly head. But none better than a block party after the heat melts away to a cooler evening. 

“On a hot day like this, probably a lot more water. But the white wines are going well,” Penny Weckman said as she sold cold beverages during the First Friday block party on downtown Sioux Falls’ East Bank.

By early evening the temperatures had dipped more than ten degrees from the near record high Sioux Falls residents felt Friday. But even then, anything cold turned into cash. Tim Andachter hoped to corner that market.

“We sell cotton candy, ice cream, snow cones, and smoothies,” Andachter said.

“I was out on the streets with my car earlier today, and I did punch up 103 degrees” Don Tiede said as he gobbled up Andachter’s ice cream.

The sun was enough to bake even the most heat-tolerant person. Being outside also proved too much for some city streets, the concrete bucked at Kiwanis Avenue and 41st Street. City officials say it was one of two streets to cave to the heat

But despite the heat, the block party band played on.

“As it gets cooler out and darker more people will show up, I think,” Andachter said.

“It's a beautiful night out and I'm really not surprised people are here because it's a great place for families to come down. It’s awesome." Weckman said.

First Friday block parties are held the first Friday of June, July and August on the East Bank in Sioux Falls.

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