Photo Gallery: It got off to a soggy start, but a rain shower that hit Mount Carmel around 4 p.m. just as the annual Block Party on Main Street was kicking off didn’t dampen the festivities later in the evening.
When Horizon Credit Union opened a branch in Mount Carmel three years ago, president/CEO Beverly Boling vowed to revive the Block Party, which had fallen by the wayside due to lost sponsorship and organizers stepping down.
"Horizon Credit Union has come into this community and they have essentially brought back something that meant more to this community than a lot of things to this community.” — Mount Carmel Mayor Chris Jones
For nearly 30 years the Block Party was organized by a committee led mainly by members of the local Merchants Association. In latter years participation in the Merchants Association dwindled significantly until it was all but extinct by the time the Block Party was discontinued in 2015.
Mount Carmel businessman and civic leader Hobart “Skip” Smith was honored by BMA for decades of community service.
“A promise we made to Mount Carmel when we opened that branch was to revive the Block Party to its former glory, to prove that we would be a good neighbor." — Horizon Credit Union CEO Beverly Boling
The event was canceled in 2015 due to a lack of interest by local merchants. That changed with the arrival of Horizon Credit Union, which is providing the lion's share sponsorship, and putting in the time needed for planning to bring the Block Party back.