Rock The Block: A Skinker DeBaliviere Better Block Project – September 13


Saturday September 13, Noon – 4:00PM

Des Peres Avenue between Delmar Blvd. and Greg Freeman Park at Four Corners (Kingsbury Ave)

Get Ready to ROCK THE BLOCK!!!

On Saturday September 13th, an exciting and transformational event will take place along Des Peres Avenue called, “Rock The Block: A Skinker DeBaliviere Better Block Project”. SDCC is bringing neighborhood residents & friends together to re-imagine part of our beloved neighborhood for this unique large-scale street event. Using very little money, zero permanent infrastructure and lots of community support we will demonstrate what is possible in our neighborhood, with the goal of creating lasting change.

What is the Better Block Project?betterblockdenver

The Better Block Project is a community development effort that will demonstrate, for one day, what Des Peres Ave could become with select amenities in place. These ideas are based on the community’s Urban Design & Development Plan. During the Better Block Project, Skinker DeBaliviere residents will be putting up temporary installations that transform a portion of Des Peres Avenue (from the Wabash Station on Delmar Blvd to Greg Freeman Park at Kingsbury Ave) into the vibrant, walkable & bikable space that the neighborhood wants it to become. This program is sponsored by the St. Louis Community Development Administration and HUD. We are one of four communities in the City of St. Louis selected to participate this year.

This is a nation-wide program that started in Dallas. To learn more about the Better Block Project, visit their site here. Watch this TEDx talk by Better Block co-founder Jason Roberts:

Better Block Activities

Do you love dogs? Are you a bike enthusiast? Or do you just love the neighborhood? If you said “yes”, then check out these cool activities that will be showcased during Rock The Block!  So many interesting attractions will be lining the streets. Check out the lineup below:

trainRevitalized Wabash Train Station
Cafe + Alternative
Transportation Hub


rooster2nd Annual Skinker DeBaliviere State Fair
Judging & lectures
on urban agriculture


dogDog Park
Bring your sociable
pooch to test it out


beerBeer + Beer Garden
Root beer for kids,
real beer for adults


Lunch &
snacks available
for purchase


bookLibrary & Book Swap
Donate a book or
take one home!


bikeBike Path
Come on your bike
and give it a whirl



Mockups of potential
new residential buildings



Interactive Art
Fun for kids and
adults alike


musicLive Music
Enjoy live music
from local artist

Special thank you to Jump Co. for providing the icons and poster design!

Print your map and go!

Click the links for printer-friendly versions of the map and event schedule. Check it out!

Event Map   |   Event Schedule

Event Map - FINAL - for web**Click on the Map for a Larger version**


2nd Annual State Fair

This year, the 2nd annual State Fair will be held during Rock The Block! Let’s celebrate what we have grown, raised, and made within the Skinker

DeBaliviere neighborhood. There will be fun activities for kids, informative lectures and exciting contests for all to enjoy!

Submit Your Entries

All summer long, you work hard growing healthy plants and hearty animals, and in those months when you’re not weeding, watering, or feeding, you can show off your home-making skills by building a birdhouse, crocheting a quilt, or mastering your pickle-making.  Now you have the opportunity to celebrate what you have grown, raised, and made!

Bring your items to the SDCC Office, 6008 Kingsbury on the day before (Friday 6pm-8pm) and to Joe’s Cafe & Gallery, 6014 Kingsbury Ave on event day (Saturday 11am-1pm). Please register livestock on event day only. For judging criteria, more information on categories and entry form, please refer to the document below (Now accepting Junior Entries!):

Judging for Skinker DeBaliviere State Fair

**Please note that preserves are not judged by taste…for safety reasons. The judging will based on appearance, not on taste.

Below is a listing of categories that will be judged:

  • Produce
  • Livestock
  • FlowersDianaPhoto Credit: Linsley at West End Word
  • Preserves
  • Homebrew
  • Baked Goods
  • Needlecrafts
  • Industrial Arts

Here are the Junior categories (under 16):

  • Produce
  • Livestock
  • Cookies
  • Needlecrafts
  • Birdhouses

Enjoy The Fair

Below you will find the full lineup of events for this year’s State Fair:

Friday, September 12

  • 6pm-8pm: Accept entries (except for livestock)

Saturday, September 13

  • 11am-1pm: Accept entries (including livestock)
  • Noon-4pm: Kids Midway Games
  • 12:30pm: Lecture in Joe’s Cafe – Preserving foods
    • Lecturer, Linda Rellergert, Missouri Extension
  • 1pm-4pm: Conduct Judging and Award Ribbons
  • 2:30pm: Lecture in Joe’s Cafe – Fermenting Probiotic Beverages
    • Lecturer, Angie Meara
  • 4pm-5pm: All entries must be retrieved or they will be discarded

Free Public Lectures

While the judges are doing their work, we invite you to come enjoy looking at the marvelous exhibition of items and attending free lectures on such diverse topics as fermenting and canning fruits & vegetables.

Preserving  |  Presenter: Linda Rellergert, University of MO Extension
12:30am at Joe’s Cafe & Gallery, 6014 Kingsbury Ave.

Class Summary: Learn how to safely preserve fresh produce using the latest and safest techniques. The talk will include an overview of canning, freezing, and dehydrating, as well as information on where to find more recipes and further instruction.

Fermenting  |  Presenter: Angie Meara
2:30am at Joe’s Cafe & Gallery, 6014 Kingsbury Ave.

Class Summary: Angie Meara will do a partial demonstration of the process of fermenting probiotic beverages and offer samplings of kombucha, kefir soda, ginger beer and root beer. She will also bring fermented pickles and speak about fermenting okra, cabbage, carrots and more.

For more information about the State Fair, contact Katrina Stierholz via email at


Come Rock The Block with Us!

If this sounds like fun or if you want to learn more, please get in touch with us! Contact Kelcy at (314) 862-5122 or

Spread the word!

Make sure to print and share our event posters with your friends & neighbors:

SDCC Better Block Poster – Final

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The funding of this project is financed partly through a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the St. Louis Community Development Administration under the provision of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (Pub L, 93-383 42 USC 5301 et seq.) and/or HOME Title II of the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, as amended (Public Law 101-625).