LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)— Hundreds of people gathered in La Crosse Saturday to celebrate downtown.
Whether it's the music or the crowd, the energy downtown spoke for itself.
"It's not what it was a long time ago but its getting better, some days are better than others," Margie Wanek, Stamp N Hand Owner said.
As the streets fill with passer-bys, the music brings interest to a different part of the block.
It's almost like someone is painting the perfect downtown picture.
"A lot of the tourists know to come downtown. But a lot of the locals just take this for granted," Wanek said.
La Crosse arts initiative gives people a look into a different world.
"Even for that split second walking by they see something that they would never see," Andrew Chulyk said.
For 30 years, Margaret Baumgaertner has been watching her fellow business owners turn things around.
"It's not coming from the government, the city, the store owners; they're the ones making downtown come back," Baumgaertner said.
They're the ones building events like this to draw people here.
"Who bring other people here to see their work," Chulyk said.
"It's been really exciting and I hope to see it continue because there's something special about having a downtown that is coming back," Baumgaertner said.
Celebrations continue on Sunday with the Tour of Upper Living from noon to 5 p.m.
The tour shows off various lofts and condos in historic buildings.
Tickets are available for $20 at Downtown Main Street office; proceeds benefit Downtown Main Street.
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