CAMANCHE — A group of Camanche community members put on an annual event Thursday aimed at promoting its local businesses.
Community members gathered at City Park in Camanche for the seventh annual Camanche Party in the Park. Event organizer Karlee Low said the event started as a way to promote local businesses, which is still the focus. They also have activities throughout the event for children to make it appealing to all age groups.
"The event was pretty small in the first year but it has grown in the most recent years," Low said. "We have recently had about 200 to 300 people per year and want to keep it as a smaller, community event."
Low said approximately 15 Camanche businesses participated in Party in the Park. They usually have anywhere from 15 to 20 businesses participate in the event, depending on the weather. Camanche Mayor Trevor Willis says the event is important for the city.
"I think it's an important event because it brings together different businesses to show what they can offer for Camanche," Willis said.
Camanche city employees were honored. There also were contests for community members to participate in, including a contest to see who could eat the most popsicles in 80 seconds. They also had a movie showing put on by Camanche Speak Out Against Suicide. They hosted "Sing" at the conclusion of the vendor and organization expo.