Hundreds Enjoy Blaine Block Party
The third annual Blaine Block Party was a great place for food, fun and friendly conversation. Nearly 1,000 people came out to city hall to engage with the city. A mix of city departments and civic organizations filled both floors of city hall. Visitors had a chance to speak with their elected officials including Mayor Tom Ryan and members of the city council. County commissioners and members of the state legislature were also on hand to talk with visitors.
MnDOT was set up to answer questions about the future of Highway 65. There was a chance to comment on what you would like to see in Blaine parks as the city works with WSB on a parks master plan. Visitors even had a chance to tour the detention facility in the police department.
Outside of city hall there was lots of fun for kids and adults. Large inflatable obstacle courses and an inflatable giant slide were a highlight for many. Tours of public works and public safety vehicles also drew a big crowd. Delicious BBQ smells filled the air from the on-site food truck. Target was on hand with coupons for everyone and live music from the Sandy and the Hitmen on the stage in Town Square Park kept everyone smiling.
Back inside, hundreds of balloon animals were handed out and many faces were painted. More than 60 kids received a free vision screening thanks to the Lions and 100 people cast their in-person absentee ballot for the November election.
The Blaine Block Party was a great afternoon and evening that brought Blaine together to celebrate our community.
Blaine Block Party by the Numbers
View the Flickr Photo Recap
- 940 Attendees
- 10,000+ people reached on social media
- 20 Community Partners
- 11 City Departments
- 7 Elected Officials
- 1,000 pounds of documents recycled
- 32 City Staff
- 11 City Vehicles on Display
- 62 free kids vision screenings
- 100 Absentee Ballots Cast
- 200 Balloon Animals
- 360 Pictures Taken