Prize giveaways, face painting, chalk art, live music and an atmosphere of festivity are planned as part of the Standard Examiner's first annual Block Party, happening Friday, Aug. 17, from 7 p.m. until dark along the streets of The Junction in downtown Ogden.
Standard-Examiner humor columnist Mark Saal will emcee the evening, providing laughs and announcing the winners of the Tops of the Top of Utah Readers' Choice Awards at 8 p.m.
Each year, the newspaper receives more than 1,400 nominations for local businesses to be honored with this award. Readers are asked to cast a second round of votes after 50 categories are narrowed to the top 3.
"We have always done the Tops of the Top of Utah, but this year we wanted to make it bigger and more fun," said Cami Roberts, event coordinator.
The Jupiter Train is slated to shuttle attendees around for free as spectators take in booths of 25 of the vendors who made it into the final voting round, and the Greg Simpson Band entertains with music from the '70s, '80s and '90s.
Area high school and junior high students are invited to enter a chalk art contest based on the themes "My School Is Cool" or "Why I Eat at Chik-fil-A" for a chance to win a $50 Newgate Mall gift certificate. Free registration for the chalk art contest begins at 6:30 p.m. The contest is from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Throughout the evening, there will be prize giveaways such as ski goggles, sunglasses and gift certificates from Amer Sports, packages from Timeless Medical Spa and a $50 Aaron's Jewelers gift certificate. Visit the Standard Examiner booth to enter to win.
Fat Cats is extending its 99-cent activity specials until 7 p.m. in conjunction with the event. Outdoor features of the night include a free inflatable slide, face painting and vendor giveaways.
"We want it to be a big block party. It is a great way for the community to come together and celebrate summer coming to a close," Roberts said.