Block Party set for August 3

Bill Lommel, founder of the BLT Band, plays guitar as he belts out a tune on the block party main stage. The band had the crowd rockin’ and rollin’.

Downtown Princeton’s getting ready to party.

A night of food, games and entertainment will highlight the third annual Princeton Block Party.

The annual event will be held on Friday, Aug. 3 from 4-9 p.m., smack dab in the middle of downtown on Rum River Drive.

Next Friday will be the third block party. It was started in the summer of 2010 as a means of getting people downtown, during the summer of road construction that saw access to downtown decreased while the roundabout and Highway 95 and Rum River Drive bridges were being built, said Princeton attorney Scott Berry, a cofounder of the event.

The event was such a success, that Berry, who also serves as the president of the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce, wanted to continue the event as a means of attract people to downtown businesses.

This year’s block party will feature activities like inflatables, a classic car show, musical entertainment from the BLT Band and an opportunity for people to take a “shop local” pledge, Berry said. There will also be a kids’ tractor pull, photo booth, face painting, and a sidewalk sale featuring bargains from local businesses.

And did we mention food?

A number of local businesses have signed on to bring their mouth-watering creations to Rum River Drive.

Those agreeing to attend, as of Tuesday morning, were the Princeton Golf Course, Pizza Barn, Santa Lucia’s Ice Cream Shop, Big T’s Mini Doughnuts and the Fire House BBQ, which is bring its famed BBQ sundaes to the block party.

“It’s important that people sample Princeton and see what we have to offer,” Berry said.

The block party allows local businesses to showcase their merchandise and show residents that there are local options for obtaining many of the goods and services they desire, he said.

Businesses wishing to have a booth at the block party can still do so. For a $50 refundable deposit, the party organizers will reserve a location for those businesses. One just needs to call 389-0178 for more information.

“The block party is a great way to celebrate the community,” Berry said.