West Fest returns to Bloomington after a two-year hiatus | Local News


BLOOMINGTON — A block party returns to West Bloomington this Saturday after a two-year suspension due to the pandemic.

West Fest is an annual party hosted by the West Bloomington Revitalization Project. It is historically a time of family fun for residents of Bloomington’s West Side.

“We’re thrilled to bring him back,” said Kristen Buhrmann, chair of the WBRP board of directors. “A little bigger and better, I think.”

Buhrmann said WBRP would block Allin Street where it runs from Front Street to Washington Street, right next to WBRP. The party starts at 5 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m.

Karen Schmidt takes care of the Book Bike at a previous West Fest.


This year’s theme is 90s culture.

“I bought a lot of Baby Bottle Pops and RingPops because that’s what the 90s was for me,” Buhrmann said.

She said there will be about a dozen nonprofits and organizations contributing carnival games and prizes. There will also be an inflatable obstacle course, free food, and a bouncy house that Buhrmann says “really looks like a boombox.”

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Four local musical artists will perform throughout the evening, but they are not primarily 90s music.

We decided to stick with local musicians instead of trying to get people to play only 90s music,” Buhrmann said. “The music won’t be too 90s.”


The Bloomington Public Library table is featured at a previous West Fest event.


Buhrmann said she was aware of the high weather in Saturday’s forecast. Weather.com has a projected maximum of 95 degrees.

“WWe’re going to open up our building so people can stop by for the AC,” Buhrmann said. “And I’m going to make sure the AC is nice and cold in there so people can relax,” added.

Contact D. Jack Alkire at (309) 820-3275.


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