Ohio city gets boost from downtown summer concerts

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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) -- The return of free mid-week concerts for the summer is music to the ears of residents and businesspeople in a southwest Ohio city.

The eighth annual, 10-week Broad Street Bash that resumed May 14 is a boost to businesses, nonprofits who raise funds, and for residents in the mostly working-class city of Middletown looking for something fun and free to do.

"The Bash is big for the city," said Adriane Scherrer, co-chairwoman of the event.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports (http://bit.ly/1oOMI4H) that most of the bands and vendors are local. And the thousands of residents who attend say the Bash is nice for cheap family activities and for high school reunions.

Food, T-shirts, and other items make money for vendors, and business owners like that the concerts bring people downtown in the middle of the week. Nonprofit groups operate beer booths, and portable toilets and trash containers are also rented from local businesses for the event.

There is also a children's play area, with bouncy houses, rock climbing and train rides. A sno-cone vendor, Kona Ice, plans to give back 15 percent of gross sales, Scherrer said.

She said bands like doing the concerts for their branding.

"Once we get them here, they come back," Scherrer said.

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Information from: Journal-News , http://www.journal-news.com

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