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The First Annual Block Party was organized in 2010 by the joint effort of Berry Law Offices, Marvs True Value andSherburne State Bank. The original Block Party was dreamed up by Scott Berry, David Haugen and Bryan Johnson in 2010 during lunch in response to the adverse financial effects the reconstruction of the Dunn and Highway 95 bridges as well as the construction of the Round-a-About was having on the downtown businesses.
After deciding to attempt to plan and organize the Block Party, the group initiated efforts to make the Block Party a reality. Although the group had received the approval by the City of Princeton to move forward with the event, due to the additional work required to completely organize this event the group was considering holding the Block Party at a later date. This was until Joel Stottrup, reporter from the Princeton Union Eagle, published an article about the Block Party despite repeated pleas by the organizers to hold off on printing an article. The Block Party organizers and all those who have continued to enjoy this annual event owe a debt of gratitude to Joel for his refusal to hold back publication. It is likely that the Block Party would have never come into existence without the publication of Joel’s article.
Without the continued contributions and support of Berry Law Offices, Marvs True Value, the City of Princeton, as well as many other individuals, businesses and organizations that have given significant resources and time, the Block Party would not have grown into the successful event it has become.
Because the first Block Party was organized to attract people to downtown Princeton, it has always been important to continue to hold this event at its origin. In 2014, the organizers intend to block off both parts of Rum River Drive and 1st Street to include more of downtown Princeton in this event.