KNOXVILLE — A crowd of people gathered near the intersection of Third Street and Robinson Street recently for a community picnic in the street put on by the Iowa State Savings Bank.

David Hoke, vice president for marketing at Iowa State Savings Bank, said the Aug. 18 picnic is an annual community customer appreciation picnic where anybody in the community was invited for a free lunch.

“We have been doing this for over a dozen years and it has grown into quite and annual event,” Hoke said.

On average, Hoke said they serve about 700-800 people during the picnic which begins at 11 a.m. and goes to 1 p.m. The food offered at the picnic was from several local businesses in the area including the city.

City officials allowed for the closure of a section of Third Street on the east side of the bank.

Brad Crossett worked with Hoke to supply the tents, tables and chairs. The Rotary Club of Knoxville provided portable picnic tables and Hy-Vee grilled hamburgers and hotdogs for the picnic. Homemade salads were provided by D&S Groceries in Melcher-Dallas. Fareway participated in the program also by supplying paper products and utensils.

Ethan Goetz is a general assignment reporter for the Knoxville Journal-Express. He can be reached in the newsroom at 641-842-2155, ext. 19, or via email at Follow him on Twitter @Ethan_Goetz.