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Musicians, food, family events will liven up downtown street party

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The Daily Journal is throwing a block party, and the whole county is invited.

Friday evening, people can sample local pizza, barbecue and kettle corn at a variety of food trucks. Kids will have the chance to get their faces painted and play in the bounce houses, while mom and dad enjoy a beer or glass of wine.

As the sun goes down, everyone can gather around to hear Hoosier-inspired rock.

In celebration of more than 50 years working with the Johnson County community, the Daily Journal is hosting a street party in downtown Franklin.

Music, food, beer and wine will be set up on East Court Street near the Daily Journal’s new office in the Hazelett building.

The centerpiece of the event will be a performance by Flatbed Twitch. The Cicero-based band fuses rock, country and R&B into what lead singer Brady Jacoba calls, “heartland rock.”

Playing original songs from their debut album, “Memory Lane,” as well as some carefully chosen covers, the band promises an enthusiastic and fun set, Jacoba said.

While the music is going on, visitors can take their pick from an array of Johnson County and southside food trucks. They can pick up a blackened mahi sandwich from Kitchen Little, a slice of New York style pizza from Brozinni Pizzeria or some pulled-pork nachos at Jivy’s BBQ.

Happy Jack’s Hot Dogs will serve the Hill City Hot, its signature dog, from their mobile cart.

For dessert, stop by the Mini Curl, the 1959 ice cream truck from longtime Greenwood business Mrs. Curl. Ritter’s Frozen Custard, which was founded in Franklin, will be serving frozen treats as well.

D&S Kettle Corn will have their original kettle, maple and caramel corn.

Daily Journal employees will lead tours of their new office, showing off the work the developers the Bemis Group did to turn a deteriorating building into a modern working space.

The event is free and open to the community.

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