There are changes on the way for the downtown Alton Block Party. The event has been promoted by Downtown Alton, Incorporated for a number of years, but will return to Alton Main Street for 2013. Alton Main Street was formerly known as Alton Marketplace.
Alton Main Street Executive Director Sara McGibany says the hope is to return the block parties to their past success, and that may mean cutting back on the number of events each summer:
She says there has been talk of doing some cross promoting with other events downtown, such as the car show. She visualizes a drive-in theme with a few classic cars at the block party and maybe a movie shown on a big outdoor screen, helping to promote the car show the following day.