WILLIAMSON – More than 350 people gathered at the Williamson Farmers Market last Saturday night for the 3rd Annual Block Party. The Williamson Health and Wellness Center’s Diabetes Coalition partnered with several organizations including the Williamson Parks and Rec, the Stop Coalition and WVU Extension to host the Friday night event, which was filled with fun and laughter.
Brandon Ball, the Williamson Park Board Director, said that he thought the block party was a huge success. “It was great to see more than 350 people out there being active. It makes you realize how much potential our community has … we just have to utilize it.”
Alexis Batausa, the Active Living Coordinator at the Diabetes Coalition, said that the block party was scheduled at the same time as the launch of the Healthy Feud: Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days.
“For the Healthy Feud this year, we are trying to make it more interactive and engaging, so we decided to kick it off with a celebration event.”
Alexis also said that they will be doing weekly “playground” events, which will take place by the pool in West Williamson.
“We are scheduling playground night where adults and kids alike can come out and get active by playing kickball, volleyball and more.” The next playground is Thursday night at 6pm, followed by one on Monday, September 7th at 6pm.
The block party featured food, crafts, music, and even a magician. Additionally, kids could be found participating a variety of activities including four square, wiffleball, badminton, corn hole, jump rope, water balloon games and more.
“It was an amazing experience,” said Ricky Ball, a student at Mingo Central. “The turnout was awesome, and the entertainment just added to the splendor. It’s always good to see a community come together and have a blast.”
Organizations from around the community also came out to support the event and to help promote their programs by providing info such as Verizon, WVU Extension, Mingo County Diabetes Coalition, Williamson Health and Wellness Center, Williamson Memorial Hospital, Tug Valley Road Runners Club, Mingo County Extended Learning Center, Williamson Farmers Market, Tug Valley Arts Council, and Stop Coalition.
Nate Siggers, the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Williamson Health and Wellness center said that he thinks it’s great to see people come together for a good cause.
”It makes me feel like we are all family like we used to be.”