Nearly 2,000 Turnout for Annual Community Block Party


JAMESTOWN, N.D. ( – New students to the University of Jamestown had a very warm welcome from the community Thursday, August 30th.

Students and community members were greeted with nearly 3 blocks of booths featuring information about different businesses, clubs, organizations and more in Jamestown. Organizer Katie Roehm says thanks to the committee’s effort and the communities support, the event turned into exactly what they wanted it to be.

While official numbers won’t be known, it’s estimated that upwards of 2,000 came out to support the annual community event. Roehm says they’ll look at a few things for next year’s block party to make it even better.

Some highlights from the block party included Jamestown Public School District members providing information about the planned September 25th referendum. Superintendent Robert Lech said it was important to give the community information regarding the proposal.

Jamestown Police Officer Shane Gallagher was walking around the event promoting the Police Department’s Citizen Academy that’s scheduled to start this fall.

University Alum Kyle Blumenshine pointed out that when he became a Freshman at the college in 2008, the block party helped acclimate him to the community.

At least 340 new students made their way down the hill into the event, played in by the University of Jamestown Pep Band and led by new University President Polly Peterson.

You can find photos and video from the block party below.

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