Block Party sponsor deadline is today
by Elsie Hodnett
PELL CITY — The deadline to be a stage sponsor at this year’s Hometown Block Party is today.

“We still have sponsor availability at the Impersonator Stage and the Inspirational Stage,” said Erica Grieve, executive director of the Greater Pell City Chamber of Commerce.

The 14th annual Hometown Block Party is 5:30-11:30 p.m. June 7 in downtown Pell City. Admission is free.

Grieve said this year the Block Party Committee received approval from the Alabama Department of Transportation to expand along Cogswell Avenue to include the section between 18th Street and 19th Street.

“We had an estimated 16,000 people attend last year, and we hope that the additional space we have this year will draw an even larger crowd,” she said.

Grieve said there is a pre-show starting at 5:30 p.m. at the County Rock Stage in front of the old Rexall Drug Store. Peter Boyle & Sunset Rizing will play before and after the introduction, which is at 5:45 p.m.

The introduction will include the national anthem, a welcome from Pell City Mayor Joe Funderburg and a welcome from Grieve as the chamber executive director.

“All stage entertainment begins at 6 p.m.,” she said.

The Inspirational Stage is sponsored by Harvest Center Church of God, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama and Coosa Valley Electric Cooperative. Entertainment will feature “Rend” from Harvest Center, “Chapel” from Victory Christian Church, “Infamous” by Joey Kay and “Salt.”

The Country Rock Stage is sponsored by St. Vincent’s St. Clair Hospital, Regions Bank, Northside Medical and Lickert Paving. Entertainment will feature Peter Boyle & Sunset Rizing, Wingnuts and headliner Leverton Brothers Band.

The Impersonators Stage is sponsored by Fields Gossett Realty, Alabama Power Company and BB&T Bank. Entertainment will feature Memory Lane singing Statler Brothers and Oak Ridge Boys, Nashville band “Shake Rag,” Bart Connell, Yvette Juran, “Loretta Lynn” and “June Carter Cash” by Pam Jenkins and headliner Terry Turner as Elvis and “Man of Many Voices.”

The Motown Stage is sponsored by The Daily Home/St. Clair Times. Entertainment will feature the Silk E Smooth Band.

The Multi Performance Stage is sponsored by Metro Bank. Entertainment will feature Starrz Performing Arts and the Pell City Line Dancers.

The Kids Block is sponsored by CenturyLink. It features games, rides and inflatables. Some rides are for a fee.

The VIP Lounge is sponsored by Lakeside Package. Diamond, Gold and Silver Sponsors will receive VIP passes to the lounge, located in the Chamber Office.

“Take Five” is sponsored by Holiday Inn Express and Hampton Inn. “Take Five” is a section under the courthouse awning, which will have tables and chairs set up for attendees to rest or enjoy some of the great food available at the Block Party.

The First Aid Center is sponsored by American Family Care.

The Teen Block will feature a slide, bungee run and boxing ring.

Grieve said the Chamber of Commerce will sell “Rock the Block” T-shirts.

“We have a number of vendors signed up, but are in need of more dessert vendors and ethnic food vendors,” she said. “The vendors application deadline is May 31.”

Grieve said food choices so far include cotton candy, popcorn, Sno Cones, hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken sandwiches, sausage dogs, chicken on a stick, lemonade, pretzels, barbecue sandwiches, nachos, breakfast wraps, boiled/roasted peanuts, banana pudding, shaved ice, chicken tenders, corndogs, funnel cakes, fried Oreos, Polish sausages, Philly cheese, turkey legs, brisket, cookies, potato fries and more.

Merchandise includes glow sticks, T-shirts, hair bows, clothes, toys, organic soaps/lip balm, airbrush tattoos, arts and crafts, purses, sunglasses, pet turtles/lizards, wickless candles/warmers, honey, jewelry, scarves, quilts, therapy wraps, wreaths, picture frames, sand art and more.

Grieve said shuttles will operate on First Avenue, Second Avenue and Third Avenue North to BB&T Bank, First Baptist Church and First United Methodist Church.

Additional shuttles will operate between the Pell City High School parking lot through downtown Pell City to CVS and the Pell City Steak House.

“We were really blessed with beautiful weather last year, and we are counting on it again this year,” Grieve said. “The Block Party will go on rain or shine.”

For more information, call the Greater Pell City Chamber of Commerce at 205-338-3377.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.

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