Estimated crowds of between 200 and 450 attended the initial “Summer in the City” event Saturday afternoon sponsored by the Hope Downtown Network, even as one component of the day's activities, Trade Days, was cancelled due to concerns about rain.
Estimated crowds of between 200 and 450 attended the initial “Summer in the City” event Saturday afternoon sponsored by the Hope Downtown Network, even as one component of the day’s activities, Trade Days, was cancelled due to concerns about rain.
As it turned out, little rain came into downtown Hope, and by mid-afternoon, the activities, leading of with the Baggo Tournament were in full swing as well as John Caldwell’s familiar mini-train touring kids through downtown.
Event organizer Bob Erwin said, “It has been a good turnout; we’ve had a lot of people here today, and we’ve fed a lot of people today. I just cannot thank everyone enough for all the hard work! The Lions Club members out here for us have done an amazing job.”
Erwin praised the efforts of the many volunteers and supporters of the event.
“First, I want to thank everyone so much for the support in our first fundraising event for the Hope Downtown Network. We have the best volunteers and everyone here all worked tirelessly.”
Erwin emphasized that the funds raised would go to new trash containers to improve downtown Hope.
“That is our commitment. We would like to see crowds like this in downtown on a regular basis,” he said.
The Hope Lions Club prepared and served fish throughout the traditional dinner period between 4:00 p.m. and 7 p.m. In a statement Monday, Erwin said, “Preliminary numbers look as if we fed 440 people Saturday evening.”
During the day on Saturday, Erwin said there had been a lot of drive through traffic, but he was pleased just the same.
“Some people didn’t make it today, or opted for the drive-thru, but we appreciated their support for the event and for what we are trying to do down here,” he said.
In addition to the Baggo Tournament, several folks stayed around after the actual competition and played Baggo among themselves. The Historic Washington Vintage Dancers performed several vintage and line dances, and the dinner hour also featured a live musical performance by Mark Keith and his Spare Time Band.
In connection with the event, a car show featured mostly antique cars that were lined along Main Street.