Although rain showers threatened, it didn’t rain on the more than 750 people whom attended the 6th annual block party for the Kelloggsville area. The event took place on August 5 on the lawn of Kelloggsville School.
Since 2009 Kelloggsville neighborhood businesses, community groups, Kelloggsville Public School and Kelloggsville Church have joined together to create an annual block party that helps build community and celebrates diversity. The event is able to provide free food, interactive activities like a photo booth, an inflatable slide, a fishing derby, a craft tent from The Home Depot, a cash machine and door prizes provided by local businesses. There was also free dinner, ice cream cones and pizza samples for those who attended.
“This is such a vibrant community of individuals and we were blessed to gather for an evening to get to know one another better,” said Ron Bouwkamp, Specialized Transitional Pastor for Kelloggsville Christian Reformed Church. The church is located to the east of the school and helps spearhead the event. This year the event was held in conjunction with the National Night Out.
“This event gives local businesses the opportunity to give back and meet many of their neighbors,” said Deb Nol, Arie Nol Auto Center. “It’s awesome to see everyone come together to celebrate what makes this area special.”
Local businesses who participated included: Java Cone, Papa Murphy’s, 5th 3rd Bank, Fun Spot, Family Video, Bo Rics, Fun Services, KDL, Kids Life Bible Club, Kelloggsville Senior Parents and PTG, Kelloggsville Rocket Boosters, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Harold Mast, Culvers, The DOCK, The Pier, E. W. Karate, Home Acres Building Supply, Silver Bullet, Peak Perf, Arie Nol, Home Depot, Preferred Credit Union, Kelloggsville CRC, Kentwood Fire Department, Ride the Rapid – Silver Line Bus.