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AUG 2014

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112 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.14 style fashion ake an evening drive this summer, west down Broadway and into Shawnee Park. Wind through the grand trees, past the great lawn and, along with the souped-up cars and fresh-dressed kids, drop yourself into the Dirt Bowl, a streetball tournament that began in 1969. Neighbor- hood teams have been battling for bragging rights every weekend since mid-June, with the championship game Sunday, Aug. 17. A tradition for families in the neighbor- hood and beyond, the Dirt Bowl is a melting pot of local food vendors, fund-raising kids, wanna-be basketball stars, summer fashion and proud pets. With games starting in the early evening on Saturdays and Sundays, melting can take on literal meaning, as the sun beats down and players sweat through their jerseys and guzzle water. Fans have their own way to beat the heat, creating ferce fashion competition among those who come to see and be seen. "People dress to impress with shoes, clothes and hair," says 22-year-old rapper Marc Beasley. "It's like a holiday week- end: Kids bike in from everywhere, people come to meet up with friends and family." Women with fantastic braids and highly balanced buns keep cool in crop tops and sandals. If you think you tend to wear too many accessories at once, come to the Dirt Bowl and take notes. Te women here pile on bangles and heavy necklaces with ease, coordinating with brightly colored nails on fngers and toes. Men wear T-shirts and bandanas and show of neon and boldly patterned sneakers just as much as the ladies. No detail is overlooked, from matching cell phone cases to strategically placed baseball caps and multi-toned hair. When the dust settles in mid-August, a team will have the right to say it's the best, at least for a year. Do yourself a favor and don't wait that long to experience the food, cars, music and, above all, the creative and awe-inspiring fashion show that takes place of the court. — Amber Garvey HOT TOWN T

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