Numbers for Family Day, Friday, May 31, at the Washington Summer Classic more than tripled this year, making it the most successful Family Day in six years.
Washington Chamber of Commerce Event Coordinator Alisha Davis said she felt the reason for the added success this year was the addition of new events like Touch-A-Truck and community musical performances.
“I was really surprised by the amount of kids and families that came downtown to support that,” she said. “I think it helped to have the new events.”
Davis credits adding local talent, from the police department and the school choirs, to the success because Washington is community that supports each other well.
“When you include community people and they know each other, they bring people out that they know to support them, then they can see other things going on,” she said. “They might get to see other people they might not know and I think that just creates a ripple effect of getting to know what’s going on in the community.”
One of Davis’ favorite additions this year was the construction workshop sponsored by the Washington Lumber and Home Center. Participants were able to use tools and put on construction gear to try a new job for an evening.
All the activities from this year are scheduled to continue next year with the addition of a couple more. Davis said providing a variety of activities is important to getting families downtown to have fun and celebrate with each other and showing how special the Washington community is. She said she thinks this year was the most successful yet because of the variety of activities, but the support of the community carried the event as well.
“We have a pretty cool community,” she said. “I just think it’s fun and it’s great for families and kids to get out of the house and do something different they don’t get to do all of the time.”