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.