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Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Summer Block Party in downtown Lexington from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 7. The event will feature music, sidewalk sales, a farmers market, Meet the Candidates on the courthouse steps, and a game of Town Ball that pits the Lexington Police Department against a local team of sluggers. The game will be played at the Goose Pond and begins at 3. Hotdogs, soda and water will be sold.
Town Ball harkens back to the 1850s and 1860s and is a precursor to the current game of baseball. The game uses a softer baseball, ax handles or stripped staves for bats and the umpire is the only one allowed on the field to carry a firearm. No stolen bases are allowed, as they are considered “un-gentlemanly.”
“This event is a chance for both the community and visitors to enjoy a fun day packed with activities and events, while supporting our local merchants,” said Lexington Chamber Executive Director Penny Grosso.
Organizers say the baseball-themed Block Party coincides with the All-Star game in Kansas City and they’re hoping to draw visitors traveling to Kaufmann Stadium.
Two other Lexington events are also planned for July 7 – Patriotic Day at the Anderson House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Boy Scouts #318 Annual Barbecue at Dave’s Country Market, beginning at 10:30 a.m.