Block Party draws 1,000-plus

Downtown block party draws an estimated 1,000 plus

By Joel Stottrup

Princeton’s third annual block party drew an estimated 1,000-plus people, says Scott Berry, of the Berry Law Offices, one of the sponsors, along with other businesses, and the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Friday, Aug. 3 party took up a block of Rum River Drive between First Street and Second Street North and the parking lot in front of the north mall. The St. Cloud-based BLT Band, with Princeton’s Elizabeth Keeney as lead singer, performed. The band performed atop a flatbed truck trailer on the north end of the block on Rum River Drive.

Stretching south across the rest of the block were approximately 20 concessions, including food vendors. Firefighters also had equipment to look at. Berry said he was pleased with the block party, stating that it had as many, if not more, visitors than last year. Several of the vendors did well this year, even selling out offerings, Berry noted.

An added attraction was a classic car show/contest with 33 classic vehicles parked in the Riverside Plaza lot. One of the popular activities was the sanctioned pedal tractor pull in which kids could qualify to advance to the state competition.

Other popular activities were a basketball throw, dunk tank and four inflatables, including one that kids could slide down.

Princeton High School varsity football players ran the block party’s welcoming booth. Berry noted that 200 people signed a pledge at the party to shop locally.

“It’s important to concentrate on that,” Berry said.

The block party might have helped to that end right away. Berry explained that he heard from Carol Ossell that some people came into her Ossell’s Department Store and remarked favorably about its recent remodelling.