Carnation Festival Days in the Park kicks off with family and service
ALLIANCE − Eat, drink and bring the community together in Silver Park.
These are the goals of Days in the Park, one of the most popular Grand Alliance Carnation Festival events.
“This is an opportunity to showcase the best of Alliance and the heart of Alliance,” YWCA of Alliance Board Member Caitie Scott said as she stood at one of the booths. of restoration.
“It’s really all of us coming together to serve the community and create an opportunity where we can laugh, we can bond over food,” Scott added.
Days in the Park, which started on Wednesday, will continue through Saturday. It operates from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.
There’s food, live music, crafts and other activities and plenty of opportunities to catch up with old friends. or create new ones.
Most of the food vendors are churches or nonprofits, like the YWCA, which fundraise for their programming during the event.
“This is one of our great fundraisers,” said Kim Anthony, president of the Quota Club of Alliance. “I think people go out for the food and the music…and just to hang out, especially post-COVID.”
Another group with a food stand is the Washington Ruritan Club, a Washington Township community service organization. The group has 34 members and 12 associate members, former president Jim Egert said.
Like his Rising Senior program, Egert said Days in the Park allows the group to connect with a younger generation. The Rising Senior Program offers select college scholarships for high school seniors for community service.
“We have older members,” he said. “(Days in the Park) is a great way to interact with young people.”
A last glimpse of summer
Egert said Days in the Park acts as one last “summer adventure” before school starts.
“I love seeing my son enjoy it,” said Chelsea Shar, who competed with 5-year-old Isaac.
Former Alliance Review editor Shar said she was covering the event for the paper. Today, Shar teaches media arts at Alliance High School. “Seeing these things through children’s eyes is more fun,” Shar said.
It offers a good atmosphere
Diamond Colbert, 22, of Alliance, Samiyah Rowe, 13, of Alliance and Stacia Jones, 13, of Canton, worked at the Tabernacle Baptist Church food stand in Alliance, which sold pork sandwiches shredded and fried fish.
Colbert said Days in the Park is one of the best events at the festival because of “all the food, all the people and the vibe.”
This vibe, she said, is “very intimate.”
Jones said the event was “a good experience, just to see people.” Rowe added: “It gives kids the opportunity to help out and feel good.”
Days in the Park runs through Saturday night in Silver Park. Friday in the Jaycee Shelter will take place the annual Pet Show. A fireworks display is scheduled for Saturday at dusk. Rain dates are set for both events − Saturday for the Pet Show; Sunday for the fireworks. Check the Carnation Festival Facebook page for more information in case of rain.