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The Bigger Le Boise

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Anyone who says, "There's nothing to do around here," isn't looking hard enough (or just likes to complain). Last weekend was so full of family friendly outing options, the biggest problem was not having enough time to experience everything.

Among the festivities, there was the annual Library Comic Con—which expanded to two days this year, adding a live costume contest and dance party—the final weekend of The Western Idaho Fair 2017; the Latino Fest; and on Aug. 26, we held the second (technically third) annual Big Le Boise, Boise Weekly's own annual street festival (check out the photos on Page 5). We held the first BLB in 2012, closing off the street in front of our building and a parking lot on the corner. A lot has changed since then and by the time we decided to revisit BLB in 2016, there was, among other projects in the works, a new Trader Joe's across the street and the parking lot we had set up in was the site of a huge new apartment complex under construction. We worked with the City of Boise and CCDC, and were permitted to close off a block of Sixth Street and a portion of Broad Street, which we did again this year. It takes a lot of time and energy to throw a street festival—especially when the street in question is the first new LIV (Lasting, Innovative, Vibrant) district in Boise—and we couldn't have done it without the help of some really important people and organizations: Big thanks go out to everyone who attended the BLB; our tireless BW staffers and volunteers; the super talented vendors and food purveyors who set up shop; Mayor Dave Bieter for his warm, heartfelt speech (that made Sally Freeman cry); supporting sponsors Air St. Luke's, Challenger Hospitality Group, Guho Corp., Snake River Brewing and 94.9 The River; and our presenting sponsors AT&T, Crater Lake Spirits, Sykes and The Fowler.

Let's do it again next year!

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