After a Decade of Rocking; St. Johns Block Party Comes to an End

Posted at: 07/13/2013 10:41 PM
Updated at: 07/13/2013 10:42 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- It's an event that brings thousands of people to downtown Rochester. The St. Johns Block Party is a big part of Rochester’s summer entertainment. But this is the final year of the block party - a bittersweet thought for many.

A day filled with music, food and friends, not much more you could ask for.

"It kind of kicks off the entertainment for the summer," said Kim Bryan of Rochester.

"We love the music and it's just a nice environment," said Barbara Volz of Rochester.

The St. Johns Block Party has been a summer staple in Rochester for the last decade. But after this year, bands will no longer be rocking out on First Street.

"We've had a great great run, everything has a shelf life, I think it just for lots of different reasons it does feel like the right time," said Kurt Augustine, co-founder of the event.

Kurt Augustine came up with the idea for a block party and has been organizing it ever since.

"I envisioned a good crowd and big bands and all that, I did envision that, but I don't think I ever really thought about how much it impacted so many people," said Augustine.

"I'm going to miss it, it was the event of the summer," said Volz.

"I hope that they replace it with something else because it really is a fun thing for people to look forward to,” said Bryan.

It's not just music lovers who are sad to see the block party go. Venders who have been serving food here for years say they're really going to miss out next year.

"It’s really fun to see friends that you only see once a year and as long as I can make some money while I’m here, that's what it's all about," said Dan Gradient of Daniel’s Restaurant.

Dan Gradient with Daniel's Restaurant out of Kasson says the St. Johns Block Party is the best one day event they serve.

"It's good exposure. We look at this as more for marketing for the restaurant than we do as trying to be a money maker," said Gradient.

Dan says it all comes down to having a good time, and for many, it's hard to see it go.

"It doesn't mean that it's the end of music in Rochester. People will continue to want to hear and maybe someone will want to fill that void," said Augustine.

Proceeds from the block party are given back to the community. More than ten thousand dollars were donated from last year’s event.