A sea of people flooded Water Street, between the Dartford Mill Pond and Town Square, as music echoed for blocks serenading an end-of-summer tradition marching into its third year.

   More than 1,000 people partied to benefit local non-profits at the 2019 Green Lake Community Street Bash.

   The event featured the Chicago-based Davidson County Band, playing hits spanning an era of country music from Johnny Cash to Dierks Bentley.

   The event was sponsored by philanthropists Mike and Jill Havey, who created the event to support the projects of the local American Legion Post, Green Lake Association and Green Lake Renewal.

   This year’s bash was the biggest yet, with an estimated 1,100 attendees, compared to 600 in the event’s first year and 800 in 2018, Mike Havey noted.

   It’s rewarding to see so many people show up to support local non-profits, he said. “That’s really the reason Jill and I do it, seeing people enjoying themselves in a fun atmosphere. It’s nice to do something and have people enjoy it.”

Read the full story and see more photos in the Sept. 5, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.