This event is a true GRASSROOTS effort, benefitting the South Side merchants and citizens of the Lehigh Valley. THIS - is information central
South Bethlehem's Chili Cook-off, or -
THE kickoff to the summer festival season.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
OFFICIAL PRESS RESLEASE FOR SPRING ON 4th 2011
(Lehigh Valley, PA) The 16th Annual “Spring on Fourth! What’s on Third? will be held on April 30th 2011 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. South Bethlehem’s galleries, restaurants, shops and stores are once again joining together for an enjoyable afternoon of music, food and fun. This year’s festival will be an extra special celebration with awesome events planned by community leaders throughout Southside Bethlehem.
Founded 16 years ago to celebrate Bethlehem’s historic, revitalized Southside, Spring on Fourth is a free, public event that takes place along Third, Fourth and New streets. Highlighting the celebration are the popular chili contest, live entertainment by a variety of performers, fun family activities and more. In addition, many of the South Side merchants feature sales and special discounts throughout the afternoon.
This year’s Spring on Fourth chili contest, which takes place from 12:00 to 2:00 pm, features more than 30 entries ranging from spicy, five-alarm chili to vegetarian, chicken and black bean versions of the dish. Patrons are invited to sample the entries with Passports ranging from $10 for 25 tastings, $5 for 10 tastings and $3 for 5 tastings. Passports are available at the Banana Factory Gift Shop, Homebase Skate Shop, Cleo’s Silversmith Studio and Gallery, and Cutters Bike Shop, all on the Southside. The winners of the chili contest will be announced on WDIY 88.1 FM at 4 pm that day.
Our community partners include the Cops 'n' Kids Children’s Literacy Program’s Fifth Annual “Celebration of Reading,”with a parade starting at 10:30 amat the Ice Center to the block party at Loopers. The Coalition for Appropriate (CAT) will also operate Monitored Bicycle Parking from 11 am to 4 pm at the 3rd Street Lot. CAT offers safe and secure bicycle parking to encourage everyone to avoid the traffic hassle and to ride a bike to the Spring on Fourth Festival. The Banana Factory will host entertainment and art activities. Homebase Skate Shop is organizing a clothing sale to raise funds for the Skate Plaza, and the Community Artists of Bethlehem present their 5 Alarm Arts Fair on New Street between Fourth and Morton.
Embassy Bank is the presenting sponsor and WDIY 88.1 FM, Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio and The Morning Call are the media sponsors. Other sponsors include Lehigh University, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Saraceno Design, St. Luke’s Print Shop, U.S. Foodservice, the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission, Coalition for Appropriate Transportation, Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department, and the Downtown Bethlehem Association.