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Lincoln residents had more than just sunny, warm weather tempting them outdoors Sunday afternoon.

Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln's fourth annual Streets Alive! event drew thousands of people of all ages to listen to music, play games, buy local produce and learn about the city's health and wellness resources.

Lincolnites on foot, bikes, trikes, scooters, wheelchairs and wagons crowded streets near the Capitol and in the Everett neighborhood from 1 to 5 p.m. Many came with children or dogs in tow. 

The festival featured about 100 exhibitors and brought in an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 visitors — a record attendance, said Tami Frank, the project coordinator for Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln.

"This is our way of of showcasing healthy lifestyles," Frank said. The event is just one of many ways Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln aims to help Lincoln residents get healthier, she said. 

Tents, stages and tables lined the two-mile route, which shut down portions of 11th, F, H and 14th streets and Goodhue Boulevard. 

"In this neighborhood, it's hard for kids to bike in the streets," said Kyle Luttgeharm, a volunteer bike mechanic and Lincoln Bike Kitchen board member. "It's good to have a day where they can actually do that."

Luttgeharm and fellow Bike Kitchen volunteers brought a mobile bike shop to the event and were helping people with minor bike repairs. He said they've come every year to meet new people and get some exposure. 

This year, Streets Alive! partnered with the Everett Neighborhood Festival, where kids jumped in bounce houses, played games and got their faces painted, and adults listened to music and visited with neighbors and vendors.

VegFest, a farmers market, was also part of Streets Alive! this year. It was the only spot where vendors were selling things; everywhere else, everything was free. 

The event had more than 25 sponsors including the Community Health Endowment, Bryan Health, CHI Health St. Elizabeth, Lancaster County Medical Society, Russ's Market and Super Saver. Frank said 50 to 60 volunteers also helped out. 

Ryan Haffey, a Lincoln resident, said he brings his family every year.

"It's just fun to have events like this to have something for families to do on a beautiful day," he said. 

Ingrid Kirst, executive director of Community Crops, had a table at VegFest. She said her organization has been at the event every year. She keeps coming back to spread awareness and encourage more people to grow their own food. 

"We're getting a great response," she said.

Jean Gerlach, center director for the Belmont Recreation Center, said she's been to every Streets Alive! festival, too. 

"What's a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than walking around finding out what Lincoln has to offer?"  

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