Alfred Bromelsick knew the value of a good party. More than four decades after his death, Bromelsick is still providing area children with a good time.
The 44th Annual Bromelsick Christmas Party provided entertainment for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and 4-H members Saturday at the Lied Center.
The Boy Scouts were in charge of this year's entertainment.
"We sat down at a scout roundtable with scout leadership and asked them what kinds of things they'd like to see," Boy Scout leader Arthur Anderson said. "I tried to get things that don't follow a format."
This year's entertainment included the Lawrence High School Chorale, a one-ring circus and "A Trip Through the Universe," with Kansas University professors Stephen Shawl and Barbara Anthony-Twarog.
Each organization involved takes turns providing entertainment, ushering and handing out candy, Anderson said.
"It's really a treat to do something that everyone enjoys," he said. "I've been going to these things since I was a child, so it's a fun memory. It's a way of repaying."
Girl Scout volunteer Mariana Remple has been helping with the party since becoming involved in the organization 40 years ago.
"We're all a child inside, and this helps keeps us young," she said.
More than 1,200 scouts and 4-H members attended Saturday's party, along with parents, families and friends.
"Up to one-fourth of the annual (Bromelsick) distribution goes to the joint party," Remple said.
It was Girl Scout Michelle Stallings' first Bromelsick Party.
"I wanted to come, because I thought it was gonna be a lot of fun," she said. She wasn't disappointed.
"You get to sing songs, see stuff and you get candy," she said.