(Alexandria, MN) The 2019 Annual Downtown Merchants Association Fundraiser is happening Friday evening in downtown Alexandria. The event will begin in Fort Alexandria, where tickets will be sold beginning about 4:45pm. The event itself runs from 5p-8p along Broadway Street, with many downtown businesses participating.  Maps will be handed out marking each location as well as pencils so participants can take tasting notes about each formal beverage tasting. Local area artists will be at each of the 22 locations as will a specially created food pairing prepared by Garden Bar on 6th. Pam Botker of Creative Touch is the current DMA president and is very excited for the event. Betty Ravnik of Ravnik & Co. and Mahrie Ohren of Garden Bar on 6th were the main organizers for the event this year and are excited to announce that the DMA is also pairing with Pope Douglas Solid Waste to make it a fully compostable event. Downtown Eli Brown will be performing outside of Yesterday’s Antiques and the Johari Tribe will be performing in Fort Alexandria as people are collecting their bracelets to participate in the event. All proceeds to benefit the Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association, who also make events like “Party in the Street.” possible.