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Street Dance becoming downtown’s signature party

POULSBO — Kevin Bacon would be proud of this small town: The 2014 Poulsbo Street Dance went off with a kick, a swing and a little rock ’n’ roll.

Front Street was closed to vehicle traffic Aug. 9 to accommodate the annual event. At 6 p.m., local band Psycho Sushi took the stage in front of Hare & Hounds at Front Street and Jensen Way. Hips were shaking and feet were stomping under a disco ball hung from a stop light.

Northwest band Coldnote played its blend of soul, funk, rock and more into the night.

“It’s for locals,” street dance co-organizer Donna Etchey said of the street dance. “It’s the one event we don’t really market outside the area. I can walk down the street tonight and run into at least 10 people I went to high school with, or friends. It’s a local event that you just come down and hang out.”

Etchey — an employee of Sound Publishing, which owns the North Kitsap Herald — organizes the event with downtown merchant Tammy Mattson.

The event has evolved slightly since it was introduced for the city’s centennial celebration. Beer gardens are gone, replaced by outdoor seating in front of Front Street restaurants.

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