Second annual Brick Street Block Party draws large crowds to downtown Arcanum.
SRL-Troutwine Insurance Agency hosted the second annual Brick Street Block Party in downtown Arcanum with all proceeds from the event going to the local Give Thanks Foundation.
“We had a fantastic turnout Friday night,” said Tracy Fout. “It was great weather, huge turn-out, we had the streets packed.”
The organization provided 1,200 pulled pork sandwiches, a bag of Mikesells Potato Chips and a drink at no charge Friday night. Travis Lumpkin donated the Mikesells Potato Chips for the free meals.
“This is our way of giving back to the community,” said SRL’s Layne Byrne. “We run the Give Thanks Foundation and that gives meals to families on Thanksgiving that are in need of meals. and that is what all these proceeds are for – to give back to the community to the people that are less fortunate than us.”
Tracy Fout, owner of SRL-Troutwine Insurance Agency desired to help local families in need. Along with staff, family and friends the organization now offers an annual free Thanksgiving Meal. In 2019 the group provided 125 free meals to Darke County residents. With community support the Thanksgiving meal is an annual event providing 700 meals in 2020..
“Family, friends, local businesses, local charities, they all stepped up,” Fout stated. “Everybody put in their time and we greatly appreciate everybody’s help this year. It has become a great event and the community is really supporting us.”
“Victoria Landis is my right hand person with the Brick Street Block Party,” said Fout. “She kept me organized and she runs a lot of the behind the scenes – doesn’t get enough recognition. Layne Byrne has helped tremendously in the last six weeks. Between us three we pretty much put this together along with the support of 4One Apparel – Sarah Waldo and Mandy Flatter.”
Fout likens the Brick Street to downtown events of the past with a little different flair.
“Pretty simple, just straight forward – Brick Streets,” Fout said. “Its people getting together, I like to say it’s a party, having fun and doing a little social activity while giving back to the community and showing what Arcanum has to offer.”
“There are so many companies that helped with this,” he added. “Individuals, Shawn Smith helped with the car show, the village of Arcanum, Randy Baker and the department really backed us, Bill Kessler helped us from the village administration – he was very supportive.”
“It’s been a growing event,” Fout concluded. “We are learning more every day what we can do to make things work better.”