Liberty holds festival to support businesses impacted by building collapse

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LIBERTY, Mo. - Hundreds of people came out for the city's Together We're Better Community Building Party on Saturday. Many attendees came to show support to businesses who were impacted by a building collapse earlier this month.

The former Ethan Allan building collapsed on The Liberty Square, leaving some surrounding businesses temporarily without a home.

Hammerhand coffee was one business impacted by the collapse. The co-owner told FOX 4 they were supposed to be moved into the location by June first, but now will have to find a temporary location. He said the community support on Saturday felt great.

"We've been really blown away by how supportive everyone has been," said Alex Merrell. "Everybody was rallying around us, encouraging us, saying they wanted us here."

Staff with The Rock and Run Brewery were also at the event. They had a dunk machine and let kids dunk one of their managers to raise money to help get the brewery back on its feet. Management said it was also to have fun and see some of their regular guests.