The Best One Yet
On August 3, hundreds of folks from around Williamson came together for one last community celebration before summer ends: the 5th Annual Block Party. Nate Siggers, the organizer of the event, describes it as the best block party yet. “(I think) it was the best we’ve had,” He said. “It felt like it was more family-oriented than the others.”
The Block Party, which is hosted by Williamson Health and Wellness and Healthy in the Hills, was all about bringing some family-friendly fun to the community. The Mingo County Magistrate provided free BBQ, and vendors from throughout Williamson provided everything from school supplies to free haircuts. Kids enjoyed the obstacle course organized by Alexis Batausa, inflatables inside Brickshot Gym, and balloon animals. Folks could also snap a picture with the Williamson Forward backdrop to share the fun on their social media.
Bringing Folks Together for a Good time
For Nate, the best part was seeing the impact the block party had on everyone. “My favorite part of anything I do that is community-oriented is seeing the smiles on kids’ faces. Knowing that people had a genuinely good time and there was no stress...that’s what the block party is all about.” He feels that community events are an important way to push people to look past their differences and grow closer. “When everyone is at the block party with everybody singing and eating a hot dog together, they realize that we’re more alike. To me, that starts relationships, which builds a stronger community.”
Alexis feels the same way. “The evening set up fun for all ages and brought out the kid in us. Smiling and laughing and seeing our community come together for the summer ends for our kids is priceless.”
Though this was the last year that Nate will serve as the organizer of the Block Party, they are already planning the 2020 Block Party, and he’s sure that it will be “bigger and better than ever!”