Middletown gets boost from downtown summer concerts

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) -- The return of free mid-week concerts for the summer is music to the ears of residents and businesspeople in a southwest Ohio city.

The eighth annual, 10-week Broad Street Bash that resumed May 14 is a boost to businesses, nonprofits who raise funds, and for residents in the mostly working-class city of Middletown looking for something fun and free to do.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports that most of the bands and vendors are local. And the thousands of residents who attend say the Bash is nice for family activities and for high school reunions.

Food, T-shirts, and other items make money for vendors, and business owners like that the concerts bring people downtown in the middle of the week.

There are also children's play activities.

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