Downtown to rock the block

block party

Downtown Princeton’s throwing a party — and you’re invited for an evening of fun.
The fifth annual Princeton Block Party will liven up Rum River Drive on Friday, July 25, from 4-10 p.m.
Originally planned in 2010 to help combat the adverse effects on downtown of the roundabout and bridge construction projects on Rum River Drive and Highway 95, the block party has evolved into one of Princeton’s premier events.
The 2014 block party is bigger than ever.
Highlighting the block party are two new big events: the Block Party Scavenger Hunt and the Mini Golf Open. An official sanctioned pedal tractor pull also joins the lineup as a featured event. The three headline events will be joined by fun activities, business and organization showcases, a wide range of food offerings and live music from the BLT band.
The epicenter of Block Party activity will be the intersection of Rum River Drive and First Street. This will allow businesses in all directions of the downtown business district to benefit from Block Party traffic, said organizer Scott Berry. Berry, along with David Haugen and Bryan Johnson (who were then with Sherburne Bank) is a founder of the Block Party. This year’s main sponsors are Berry Law Offices, Marv’s True Value, Bremer Bank and Family Pathways.
Mini Golf Open
The inaugural Hansen Power & Lighting Mini Golf Open is sure to be a hit with local businesses and Block Party attendees alike. Local businesses and service organizations have created their own mini golf holes that will be on display at either their downtown place of business or at their Block Party booth. Hole designers will be competing for the designation of best golf hole. For a suggested donation of $1, participants will receive a custom Block Party golf ball, a vote for what the best golf hole is and a game of mini golf at the creative golf courses of all the participating businesses.
The $1 entry fee is going to charity, Berry said. The business with the most popular golf hole will choose the charity that receives the golf proceeds, he said.
The Mini Golf Open is sponsored by Hansen Power & Lighting, Sterling Pointe Assisted Living and Mark Herzing for County Attorney.
Scavenger Hunt
Princeton youth are currently seeking $250 in local gift certificates in The Big Q’s Scavenger Hunt.
Scavenger Hunt participants are visiting Princeton’s downtown businesses, searching for clues, and learning about the businesses that are the backbone of our community, Berry said.
There are two ways to win, Berry said.
First, visit the Big Q offices to pick up an official Big Q Scavenger Hunt Map. Then visit each business identified on the map.
Option 1 is to take a creative picture, selfie or video with each business identified on the map. The creative picture, selfie or video must include the name or logo of the business. ​Then post each picture, selfie or video on the Princeton Block Party Facebook page. Whichever post receives the most Facebook “likes” before 7 p.m. Friday, July 25, wins a $100 gift certificate to the participating business of the winner’s choice.
Option 2 is to submit correct answers to the Scavenger Hunt questions to the Big Q Block Party booth before 7 p.m. July 25. The Big Q will draw a winner live at the Princeton Block Party from all the fully and correctly completed Scavenger Hunt maps submitted. The Scavenger Hunt Map drawn wins a $100 Gift Certificate to the participating business of the winner’s choice.
There’s a bonus option for winning, too. ​Listen to the Big Q (AM 1300) daily now through July 25 for bonus opportunities to win. Submit the correct bonus answers to the Big Q booth before 7 p.m. July 25. The Big Q will draw the winner live at the Princeton Block Party from the correctly completed Big Q bonus answers submitted. The Scavenger Hunt bonus answers drawn wins a $50 Gift Certificate to the participating business of the winner’s choice.
The Scavenger Hunt is sponsored by WQPM Radio, Mark Herzing for County Attorney, Berry Law Offices and Thrift With a Twist.
Pedal tractor pull
The annual hit of the Princeton Block Party is back. Kids will have an opportunity to compete against others in their age group to move up in the state rankings of this officially sanctioned pedal tractor pull. The event is coordinated by Kid Power Pedal Tractor Pulls out of Iowa.
Each participant will get their picture taken and will be available following the Block Party.
This free family event is sponsored by the Princeton Union-Eagle, Rum River Automotive, Fairview, Berry Law Offices and Mark Herzing for County Attorney.
Other activities
There will be a lot more fun at the 2014 Block Party beyond mini golf, scavenger hunts and pedal tractor pulls.
Come downtown for music by the BLT Band and a live radio broadcast by The Big Q.
Marv’s True Value is bringing its bouncy house and Extreme Trampolines will put on a thrilling Block Party show.
Attendees can also enjoy a photo booth, wacky hair designs, a kissing booth (with a dog!) and the popular coin dive courtesy of People’s Bank.
You better come to the Block Party hungry, too.
Firehouse BBQ, Pizza Barn, Curbside Dining and Big T’s Mini Donuts will have favorites on hand like brisket, barbecue sundaes, cowboy nachos, cowboy beans, burgers, fries, hot dogs, cheese curds and fresh baked cookies from Sterling Pointe.