In its second year, an expanded Porchfest JCMO attracted people from the neighborhood, city and even a few people from throughout Missouri.

The free event is like a mini-festival in the near-east side of town along Capitol Avenue. The laid-back event featured musicians, painters and other artists performing on porches, as well as activities and various food available for purchase.

Hampton Williams, who lives at 718 E. Capitol Ave., described himself as an “unsanctioned” porch party at last year’s event. The event went as far east as the 600 block of Capitol, but that didn’t stop him from participating.

He gave away pieces of cake and cups of ice tea to celebrate his father’s birthday, and people found their way to his house. This year,

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