Kid events highlight downtown block party

Sunday , August 17, 2014 - 7:20 PM

Standard-Examiner correspondent

OGDEN – Trinytee Mendoza squealed as she showed her mom the “Queen of Hearts’” signature. “I got the mean queen’s!” the 4-year-old shouted in delight.

Trinytee and her family spent Friday evening at the Standard-Examiner’s Block Party at the Ogden Amphitheater.

Danielle Mendoza said she decided to come to the event after she saw it on Facebook, and she and her family loved every minute of it. Trinytee carefully showed off a bracelet made of a pipe cleaner with beads she had received from a variety of princesses stationed outside the amphitheater. “She can get a prize once she collects all the beads,” Danielle said.

Summer Green, event manager at the Standard-Examiner, said the evening was successful. She sat just inside the amphitheater and greeted people as they strolled along the vendor booths. “It’s an end-of-summer party and we want to make it fun and free for the whole family,” Green said.

Performing groups entertained passers-by onstage from 4 p.m. on, and in between acts, prizes were handed out – all donated from the vendors that filled the area. People hurried down near the stage to participate in the contests when there were gaps in performances.

Long lines formed around the princesses, with some of the longest for the cast of “Frozen.” The bounce houses were also popular, along with face painting and wandering superheroes such as Captain America. In the princess section, there were also games relating to the various princesses, like bows and arrows with “Brave” and flamingo croquet with “Alice in Wonderland.”

Green said there were some new sponsors for the event this year – Fat Cats and Macaroni Kid -- and those sponsors helped bring in all new vendors.

Green said organizers had expected around 2,000 people to attend the Block Party, and she said that at least that many had been in and out throughout the evening.

Danielle Mendoza said the draw for her was that it was free for her kids. Her family came at 4:30 and had been there for about three hours and still hadn’t seen everything, she said.

Spencer Holmberg was busy rolling out scones all night. His mom runs Susie’s Scone Shop. A long line of patrons formed as he rolled and fried the bread.

“We really like to come out and support local markets,” Holmberg said. His family are regulars at the Ogden Farmers Market, and he said they like the chance to participate in other local events like the Block Party.

Vendor Kristin Renfro-Pettet agreed. She was selling quilted purses, pencil bags and other quilted items. She enjoys the chance to get her name out there and be part of the community. She was happy to be invited to attend.

Many people drank frozen lemonades and ice cream drinks as they participated in events.

Jodie Jensen and her daughter, Brooklyn Peterson, came from Kaysville to the event after they had attended a similar event in Farmington another time.

“It’s fun to see the princesses and the superheroes, Plus, it’s free,” Peterson said as her daughter pointed to some princesses. “It’s just a great night out for the family,” she said.

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