St. Paul’s Lions Park was packed with fun activities on August 18th with the annual Rock the Block. During the four-hour event, attendees shopped downtown, enjoyed food from vendors while their children played, and music blared.
st. Pole – St. Paul’s Lions Park was packed with fun activities on August 18th with the annual Rock the Block. During the four-hour event, attendees shopped downtown, enjoyed food from vendors while their children played, and music blared.
Community Futures manager Penny Fox said this year’s event was “a return to a more normal Rock the Block” following the easing of restrictions due to the pandemic. However, due to the limited number of volunteers for this year’s event, we didn’t get the chance to plan the usual highlight, the street dancing.
There were also fewer companies participating compared to previous Rock the Blocks, which Fox said could be partly due to corporate heat and lack of labor. Fox added, “We’ve had some great sales from the businesses that were out in the afternoon.”
“Overall, we had a fun day at Rock the Block. and did a “great” job entertaining people on stage at the park.
Other activities included children getting art and glitter tattoos. Fox also said people mentioned the variety of “wonderful” food available at the event.
“Twisted fork juice and cookies were hits, [Stems and Flappers] The food truck was a treat,” she said. “Ice cream from the St. Paul Journal and donuts from the Boys and Girls Club were also appreciated by people walking down the sidewalk.”
St. Paul’s newest business, The Nest, has also opened its doors for people to see “the work it’s prepping for opening,” Fox said. The Main Street business will soon open as a cafe and boutique.
People also signed the Canadian flag being sent to Ukraine. Fox said donations collected in the following communities will be sent to Ukraine along with the flag.
Organizers of the event included a local community organization, the St. Paul Champions for Change. “It was great to see people and children out there smiling and enjoying our town,” said Judith Hess, the organization’s secretary and treasurer.