NORTHUMBERLAND – According to Noelle Long, President of 17857.org, the Norry Block Party will be the venue in the Valley on Sunday.
The event begins at 9:30 am with a 3 mile (3 mile) in King Street Park and then moves to the 200 block of Front Street for food, drink, entertainment, crafts, games, and kids’ activities. Four companies, including main sponsor Pineknutter Brewing Company, will serve alcoholic beverages under special permission from the Northumberland Borough Council.
“Everyone will be there,” said Long. “It will be a lot of fun for the community as all of the proceeds will go to the district’s 250th birthday celebration next June.”
The street will be closed on King, Front and Queen Streets. The local council decided at the beginning of the year to allow open containers for the event.
“It’s a family-friendly event,” she said. “We look forward to having an event for the community so they can come out and enjoy the food, drinks, music and activities while we hopefully raise funds for our 250th birthday party for COVID fundraising.”
Attendees can register for the 5K online or in the morning of the event in the King Street Park Pavilion. The event starts at 9:30 am, runs two laps around town and back to King Street Park. When the racers cross the finish line, they get a breakfast beer from Pineknotter Brewing and a donut. The registration fee is $ 25, Long said.
The block party then starts at 11:00 AM and continues until 5:00 PM with crafts and vendors in the parking lot behind Pineknotter Brewing and a designated kids’ area with free games and activities.
The Ann Kerstetter Band plays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Light Up The Moon plays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cass and the Bailout Crew plays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Kinsey plays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 2:30 p.m. There will also be a Hometown Hero banner dedication
The Kids Zone will include a balloon artist from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm; Make-up from 3pm to 5pm; Spinning from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm; and a Glow Dance Party from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The zone is also open all day with games like soccer bowling, checkers, connect four, and tic tac toe.
Food stalls include Goode Food, Troutman’s, The No. 1 Fire Company, Big Mambo’s, On a Roll, Townside Garden Cafe, Da Big Dogs, Pappy’s Kettle Corn, and Grindstone Coffee. Get Lit Cigars will also have a booth.
Pineknotter Brewing will have 11 beers on tap, one of which will be specially brewed for the block party. Big Spring Spirits, Whispering Oak Vineyard and Dalvino Wine Company will also serve drinks. Front Street 200 block is designated as a drinking area, but anyone who purchases drinks must wear a wristband to show they are 21 years or older.
All animation and activities for children are free, but food and drinks must be purchased. There’s also a 50/50 drawing and clothing for sale, Long said.
There are 28 sponsors, including Pineknotter Brewing Company and Groninger Insurance Company as main sponsors. The concept of the block party was brought to 17857.org by Pineknotter.
“Pineknotter Brewing was instrumental in the idea,” said Long. “We’ve been working together to make this happen ever since.”
Derek Fisher, co-owner of Pineknotter Brewery, said one of the company’s goals is to help improve the downtown area and organize events that people can attend.
“We want people to have a place to go,” he said.
They debut the Block Party American Lager.
“It’s our very first lager and we finished at the perfect time,” he said. “It’s a great, easy-to-drink beer for a day outside. People have been asking for a lager for a while and we’re excited to introduce it.”