Archive for Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Downtown street to close for Ironman party

World-class athletes will be in Lawrence later this month for the Ironman triathlon.

June 4, 2008


City commissioners gave their blessing to a major party downtown next week that will close a portion of New Hampshire Street.

Commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting unanimously approved the necessary permits for Lawrence Live, an outdoor music concert and expo June 13 designed to welcome participants of the Ironman 70.3 triathlon that will take place in the area that weekend.

Commissioners also agreed to donate about $5,000 in city services - such as police, fire and public works assistance - for the triathlon and related events.

The Lawrence Live event will close portions of New Hampshire Street in the 900 block to through traffic from about 11 a.m. to midnight June 13 to accommodate a stage for the band Poi Dog Pondering and other acts. The concert is free and open to the public.

Commissioners also approved the necessary permits for the organizers to sell alcohol as part of the event. Commissioners did receive one letter of concern from downtown property owner John Frick, who said a recent concert by Wilco in the same area produced litter and other problems for his building on Ninth Street.


classclown 9 years, 10 months ago

Are a bunch of people going to wear Iron Man costumes and dress up as other characters from the movie and reenact scenes from the movie while they are watching it?

classclown 9 years, 10 months ago

Oh wait. Just read the story. Their idea seems lame by comparison.

weatherguy48 9 years, 10 months ago

Classclown, that's what I thought at first glance too. I was kind of shocked to see a dude on a bike when I opened up a page detailing a 'movie festival'.

Adrienne Sanders 9 years, 10 months ago

Poi Dog Pondering? Are they making a comeback or something? I haven't heard of them in quite some years.

classclown 9 years, 10 months ago

Don't think of them as old or outdated. Think of them as "historic".

dirkleisure 9 years, 10 months ago

So will this Iron Man festival be anything like the Burning Man festival?

BrianR 9 years, 10 months ago

Aww, the headline should've been: "Iron man party goers holding up cars on N.H. St."

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