Crowds pack Evansville Wine Walk after promise of more downtown development

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EVANSVILLE, In. (WEHT) — More than a thousand people jammed Main Street in downtown Evansville on Friday.

It is the latest sign that the heart of the city continues to draw crowds.

This time the fall Wine Walk kept shops open later than normal and restaurants filled.

The event comes a day after a major announcement about downtown development, which may change Main Street’s landscape even more.

During Friday’s 2019 Fall Wine Walk by the city’s Downtown Evansville, people enjoyed sidewalk games, artists and wine samplings inside shops and restaurants.

A few years ago, downtown Evansville was a different place. Crowds like Friday’s were rare. Stacy Garling and Loren Baumberger spent a mother-daughter night out, but say they love coming downtown on normal days, too.”

“My daughter goes to the Peephole and the High Score Saloon ,they spend a lot of time down here.

“I go all the time!”

Lyndsee Miller came downtown for a night out with friends,.

“My husband and I moved out of downtown a few years ago.”

This Friday, downtown is filled to the brim with happy crowds for the 2019 Fall Wine Walk.

“We like hanging out downtown, we’re going to the Cat Cafe, that’s our favorite!”

What is currently here, may only be the tip of the iceberg. On Thursday, Downtown Evansville announced a developer plans to revamp the Old National Bank Tower at 420 Main.

“We’re extremely excited about that project,” says Downtown Evansville event and marketing manager Adam Trinkel. “Projects and developments, like the Posthouse which opens next year, are already changing the look and feel of downtown.”

The project would give future wine walkers even more to talk about”

“We’re all going. Buy your ticket now!”

“We’re just really excited,” said Trinkel. “There’s a lot of momentum, a lot of energy and, you know, keep watching!”

People are noticing the momentum on Main Street these days.

“It’s kind of sad to see all this fun stuff happening — we kind of want to move back!” laughs Miller.

Organizers ssaid that as of 5:00 p.m. Friday, they had sold over 800 tickets, but they believe that total would grow to over 1,000.

Proceeds from the Wine Walk will pay for downtown decorations for the holidays.

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