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Updated: 11/20/2014 08:07:53PM

Block Party offers good time, worthy purpose

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SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Folks started gathering early along the food midway on Saturday for the Punta Gorda Block Party, the largest one-day street festival in Southwest Florida.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Elizabeth Henry of Punta Gorda inspects the necklaces offered by the Royal Order of Ponce de Leon Conquistadors.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

From left, Kiki, 9, Zsazsa, 10 and Matthew Knighting of Port Charlotte assemble wooden boats at the crafts table set up by the Cooper Street Community Learning Center, one of the many children’s activities at the Punta Gorda Block Party on Saturday.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Tulla Minnaugh, 3, traveling from New York to see her grandparents, enjoys some valuable playtime at the sensory bins of the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a kids literacy program presented by the Charlotte Players.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Mark McKenzie of Wilson’s Korn on the Kob planned on serving up 800 ears of corn at the Block Party to support Future Farmers of America.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Folks started gathering early along the food midway on Saturday for the Punta Gorda Block Party, the largest one-day street festival in Southwest Florida.

By GARY ROBERTS

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PUNTA GORDA — On Saturday morning in downtown Punta Gorda, before the day’s events were certain to draw a huge crowd, Matthew Knighting and his two girls, Zsazsa, age 10, and Kiki, 9, were having their own block party.

At the crafts table hosted by the Cooper Street Community Learning Center, the Port Charlotte family was nailing wooden blocks together, painting them and hoisting the sails to create their own fleet of ships.

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