79th Road Renaissance Competition Is Coming Again — With Slick Rick And Doug E. Recent Set To Carry out


AUBURN GRESHAM — A South Facet competition with reside gospel music, hip-hop performances, carnival rides and extra is returning for its sixteenth 12 months.

The Better Auburn Gresham Growth Company will host the 79th Road Renaissance Competition 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 10. The neighborhood celebration first made a comeback final 12 months after a short hiatus through the pandemic. 

The free public occasion will shut down 79th and Racine with actions for folks of all ages, together with a petting zoo for kids and a Senior Nook for older neighbors with seating, meals and a view of the principle stage. A Children’ Nook could have arcade video games and basketball hoops. 

The 12 months’s competition could have carnival rides and introduce an area known as Tavern On 9 the place “grown and attractive people” can seize an alcoholic beverage and smoke a cigar, Director Carlos Nelson stated. 

Hip-hop artists Slick Rick and Doug E. Recent, dubbed the Human Beat Field, will take the stage to maintain the group shifting. Gospel music singers may even hit the mic. 

When neighbors consider the Better Auburn Gresham Growth Company, they consider a corporation “devoted to serving everybody in the neighborhood,” Nelson stated. 

The 79th Road Renaissance Competition is a chief instance of the work the group aspires to do, he stated. 

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“We’re showcasing our neighborhood as an ideal place to reside, work, play and create,” Nelson stated. “After we can inform our tales and host occasions like this, we present the greatness of who our communities are.” 

The group will bolster safety measures on the competition to maintain neighbors protected and having enjoyable, Nelson stated. The South Facet group has partnered with a safety agency that may patrol the celebration. Volunteer safety employees may even monitor the competition. 

“We by no means design something we do from a spot of deficit or worry, however within the years since we’ve created the competition, we’re extra conscious of the realities of life and the entry to weapons,” Nelson stated. “On the day of the competition, it’s protected.”

In earlier years, the 79th Road Competition has welcomed greater than 20,000 attendees, Nelson stated. The group is hoping for the same turnout — or much more neighbors — this 12 months, he stated. 

“The 79th Road Renaissance Competition has grown to be an iconic neighborhood competition and one of many greatest that individuals don’t learn about,” Nelson stated. “We’re excited to have everybody out.”

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