For the second consecutive year, skateboarders will be taking over downtown Jamestown on Saturday to compete for prizes and respect while demonstrating their talents at the second annual Block, Rock & Session.
Sponsored by Suburban Blend, SkateboardRev.com, and Monster Energy Drinks, this year's event is designed to be more entertaining for spectators and more challenging for competitors, according to Pete Scheira, owner of Suburban Blend on East Third Street.
"We have a lot of cool things lined up for this year's event and the new ramps provided by Monster Energy Drinks will be easier for the kids to skate and make it way more fun for the crowd to watch," Scheira said. "We want to invite everyone downtown to show them that how great skateboarding really is."
Frank Knab, a skateboarder from Buffalo, demonstrates his skills at last year’s Block, Rock & Session skating event in Jamestown.
In addition to the skaters and their tricks, the event will feature the sounds of DJ Cobra and DJ Bloom, several food vendors and giveaways, as the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation has arranged their use of the wood park at Potter's Terrace.
The Active Artists Alliance will also be on hand, doing live painting demonstrations and showcasing the work of group members in their gallery tent.
The event, which is held in conjunction with national Go Skateboarding Day, has grown since its inaugural year and Scheira said that he plans to continue with that trend.
"I'd love to see it grow to one day become an event that spans several blocks of Third Street and brings thousands to downtown Jamestown," he said. "The city has been great to work with and we're going to keep building upon it every year."
Scheira along with Matt Centi and Marc Graves have worked for months to put it the event together, and their hard work will come to fruition Saturday.
"This is the only high-flying, action sports event downtown all summer long," Scheira said. "It's going to be a lot of fun and a good show. People should definitely stop by and hang out."