For many, Family Night has become tradition as a way to kick off Heritage Days week. Next Tuesday a variety of non-profit organizations will set up along the Snake Creek Walking Path on the fountain block from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“It’s a way for our local non-profit organizations to get the word out about what they do,” said Alliance Chamber of Commerce Director Susan Unzicker.

In the past this event has featured fun games and activities for the kids as well as a variety of foods however due to some changes in city ordinances, nothing could be sold. The new ordinance drastically decreased the number of non-profits that participated which resulted to low attendance from the public. However, in working with the city that ordinance has been changed.

“With the changes the last couple of years the numbers have dropped off a bit but I think we’ve got everything worked out where we can be back up by the park and the non-profits will be able to sell items again. I’ve been working with the city and insurance to get things so that we can have a function there where non-profits are able to raise money for their organizations,” said Unzicker.

Assistant Chamber Director and Heritage Days Committee Chair Nita Peterson said, “Not only can they sell stuff to raise money but it’s a great opportunity for them to get information about their organization out. It’s a chance for them to be visible, otherwise the community might not know what they do.”

The Crowing of the Homecoming King/Queen, aka the Grand Marshal Ceremony will be by the fountain starting at 6 p.m. What a way to kick off the 2018 Heritage Days.

Peterson said, “People always complain that there’s nothing to do in Alliance so I encourage everyone to get down there and see what everybody has to offer at Family Night. It’s a great way to enjoy some family time together. Take a walk in our beautiful park, enjoy the fountain, and check out the Grand Marshal Ceremony.”

Before the ordinance was put into place different foods were sold such as loaded potatoes, Frito pie, and walking tacos and different attractions were available such as face painting, mini golf, and balloon popping. The Chamber is excited to see what this years organizations have in store to entertain and feed the crowd.

So far there are seven non-profit organizations signed up with many more to expected to jump on board.

Alliance Young Life, Alliance Arts Council, NCAP Head Start, Panhandle Trails Intercity Transit, First Baptist Church, Western Heritage Credit Union, and Pillars for the Park have all filled out the form. The Chamber is just waiting on insurance confirmation from a few.

If your organization is interested or has questions please call the Chamber and talk to Susan or Nita at 308-762-1520.

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