Something new is coming to the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce’s annual Street Dance and Taste of Zionsville.
Not only will guests be able to taste food from a dozen local restaurants and bake shops, dance in the street while two live bands play, but in addition, local celebrities and Z’Sparkle dragsters will be lining up to be dropped into a pool of water.
Lesley Hunt, vice president of the chamber’s board of directors, said those interested in trying to dunk their favorite celebrity or dragster in the dunk tank can pay $5 for three tries. Half of the money will go to the Alzheimer’s Association and half will go to the chamber’s community programs and events fund.
“We are recommending that they dress into something that will give a sneak peak at their dragster outfits for next week’s drag race,” she said.
But the Town of Zionsville initiated an emergency water conservation order. The order includes filling up empty pools.
“I was nervous that we weren’t going to be able to have a dunk tank,” Hunt said. “But we were able to work it out.”
Brickman Group, a commercial landscaping and turf maintenance company, offered to deliver water from a non-restricted area to fill the tank with water. The group will then pump the water back into their truck to be reused.
The event, which the chamber has been putting on for at least 15 years, will run from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Main Street will be shut down between Pine and Cedar streets.
“This is one of my favorite events because it brings the whole family out, and everyone has a great time,” she said. “We have a wonderful band this year so I am guessing there is going to be a lot of dancing in the street, and the food is going to be great.”
The band, Willie and the Tease, will play from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Main and Cedar streets.
The chamber has also invited a new band this year, Dave and Rae. They will play from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Hunt said the band played at Plum’s Upper Room during the Super Bowl.
“They are a popular group and have been around for a number of years,” she said. “They are the kind of band that appeals to a lot of ranges because they play all sorts of music. They play anything from folk to funk, rock, pop and hip hop.
“They do a lot of outdoor events and play at the big tailgate parties for the Colts.”
Hunt said approximately 4,000 people will be able to dine throughout the evening at the Taste of Zionsville. A dozen local restaurants will be set up on Main Street selling select items from their menus, from pizza to shrimp cocktail to gourmet frozen treats.
“It’s a good list with a nice mix,” Hunt said. “We will have desserts and all types of different foods.”
Ted’s Montana Grill will bring bison short ribs, Noah Grants Grill House and Oyster Bar will have oysters and shrimp, Stone Creek Dining Co. will have pork, L.A. Cafe will have shrimp cocktail and pork loin for adults and mac and cheese and chicken tenders for kids, Nana Market will bring gyros, Confectioneiress will bring cupcakes, Traders Point Creamery will have ice cream and Greek’s Pizzeria and Zionsville Pizzeria will bring pizza. Other restaurants include Patrick’s Kitchen and Drinks, Carolina Grill and possibly a few others.
Other entertainment includes a dunk tank and, for children, games, a face painter, henna tattoo artist and a bounce house. For adults, there will be a beer and wine wagon serving craft beers including Goose Island Ale, Honkers Ale, 312, and Stella Artois.
“There will be a lot of activity on the street for everyone of all ages,” she said.
Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Advance sale tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children (cash or check only) at Akards True Value Hardware, Cobblestone Grill, and the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce. They will have credit card access at the door.
Visit www.zionsvillechamber.org for more information.