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Bikes, dogs, brews: Bridgeport debuts new festival for everyone

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019
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Dogs day on the town

DOG’S DAY ON THE TOWN – Four-legged friends will be center stage on Halsell Street April 6 for Bark, Bike and Brew. The festival was moved from Saturday to next month because of expected inclement weather. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Cyclists, pet lovers and coffee and beer connoisseurs will converge in Bridgeport April 6 for a new festival.

Bridgeport Main Street and Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce are presenting Bark, Bike and Brew, an event that truly will offer a little for everyone.

“We know people love the outdoors, pets and beverages,” said Tiffany Evans, Main Street manager. “We’re bringing three different types of groups to downtown. It’ll give us a chance to feature downtown.”

Halsell Street has been ever-changing in the past year. Evans guessed that six businesses have opened in the past six months, including Walking Beam Brewery and coffee shop Blessed Bru that will be featured in the festival. Both will provide free samples.

“It’s continuing to change,” Evans said. “With that, we want people to come down and re-introduce them to downtown and what we have.”

Main Street and the Chamber were looking for a spring event and wanted to capitalize on the success of the October 2017 Barktoberfest.

“We had quite a few fall events,” Evans said. “We wanted to have a big spring event to highlight our businesses. People love their pets also. Chase Hawkins is an avid cyclist and wanted to do a group ride. It has something for everyone.”

The bike ride starts at 7 a.m. The rest of the festivities begin at 10 a.m. A pet parade is at 11 a.m., pet costume contest at 10:30 a.m. and the official spokespet contest at 12:30 p.m.

The festivalwas scheduled for Saturday but was postponed due to rain.

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