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Huntsville’s Main Street will once again become lush underfoot for the annual Sidewalk Sale this Saturday, August 19. For the second year, sod will be laid on a portion of the street in front of Town Hall as part of Come Alive Outside’s Green Street Challenge. The sod is given to the event for free and at the end of the day it will be donated to Habitat for Humanity in support of their local builds. Last year, Habitat sold the 7,000 square feet of sod and used the proceeds to help fund its recent Irene Street home.
“It adds such a cool variety to downtown for one day,” says Helena Renwick, Executive Director for the Downtown Huntsville BIA. “It’s part of a nationwide initiative to get kids away from screens and outside playing.” There will be activities for kids in the temporary park, along with entertainment from The Deelies, The Fernglen Fiddleheads, and Briar Summers, drumming with Barry “Bazza” Hayward, and deals at Main Street merchants.
“Algonquin Outfitters will probably set up a tent again, and we’ll have chairs in the street for people to listen to music, or they can bring blankets and have a picnic,” says Renwick. The sale runs from 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
The sod-laying is being organized by the Downtown Huntsville BIA and Rugged Earth, and they need the help of local residents to make it happen. Everyone is invited to help out – just show up at Town Hall at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday. Help is needed to roll the sod back up between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., too.
Once the sod has been rolled up at the end of the day, it will be available for purchase on first-come basis for $40 per load (roughly the back of a pickup truck).
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