The BID expects to have downtown jumpin’ in 2011

The Riverhead Business Improvement District on Thursday unveiled its planned schedule of events for this year, as well as how it plans to spend its $141,818 budget.

The downtown taxing district’s management association members plan to spend $15,600 for the Thursday night “Cruise Night” car shows, which will run for 26 weeks over the summer. The money represents about $600 per night for live entertainment, said the BID group’s president, Ray Pickersgill. “It’s been a great thing for the restaurants downtown,” Mr. Pickersgill said of the Cruise Night, which came ot downtown Riverhead after they were kicked out of Wading River.

The second biggest expense is $14,500 for the Fourth fo July concert and fireworks show, which also was very successful last summer, Mr. Pickersgill said, adding that the BID hopes to have Brady Rhymer and his band play again this year.

The BID also is allocating $2,000 for the cardboard boat race, which drew hundreds of spectators and participants downtown in its first year last summer.

Other events being planned include the country and western concert, which made its debut last year, the annual holiday bonfire, an oldies concert, a jazz concert, and an allocation of $3,000 toward the Country Fair, which is run by Townscape. The BID also is allocating $5,000 toward the downtown River and Roots Community Garden, which is proposed for town land on the south side of West Main Street, just north of Grangebel Park.

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