Archive for Saturday, August 26, 2006

Plan in the works for downtown homecoming bash

August 26, 2006


It just seems like a good time to have a party.

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce is seeking to team with the Kansas University Alumni Association, the city and downtown businesses to close a portion of Eighth Street on the Friday before KU's homecoming football game to have a bash to celebrate one of Lawrence's busier weekends.

"We're going to send people away with a good experience," said Lavern Squier, president and CEO of the chamber. "We want people to remember Lawrence as a place where there was a lot going on."

The event, dubbed Get Downtown, is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 in the one-block area of Eighth Street between New Hampshire and Massachusetts streets. The following day KU will play Texas A&M; and have its official homecoming festivities.

The Friday event, which will be free to enter, will feature two bands and food and alcohol vendors. Downtown businesses in the area already have voiced their support for the party.

"It is a great opportunity to show people what a wonderful downtown we have," said Rick Marquez, executive director of Downtown Lawrence Inc.

The chamber is asking the City Commission, at its Tuesday evening meeting, for a $5,000 donation for the event in addition to the necessary permits to close the one-block section of Eighth Street.

Mayor Mike Amyx said he supports the request. He said downtown used to frequently play host to pep rallies before KU football games.

"Anytime you are drawing a crowd down here, it is a good deal," Amyx said. "And this allows us to do it in a way that doesn't block Massachusetts Street."

The city won't be expected to pay for the entire event, Squier said. He said the event likely would cost more than $20,000 to produce, with the majority of the money coming from the chamber and private sponsors.

The Alumni Association became a partner in the event by agreeing to move a scheduled performance of the Michael Beers Band from a campus site to downtown. The chamber plans to hire one more band that will begin playing at 8 p.m. The event is expected to end at 11 p.m.


classclown 11 years, 9 months ago

The city won't be expected to pay for the entire event, Squier said. He said the event likely would cost more than $20,000 to produce, with the majority of the money coming from the chamber and private sponsors.


Where does the chamber get its money?

BJ 11 years, 9 months ago

Why should the city pay for any of it? Let the Chamber and their fascist politics pay for it all!

number3of5 11 years, 9 months ago

Why block off a street for this. You can't get to work on nights when KU plays in a homecoming game, if you have to drive through from north Lawrence area. There are too many "fans" (drunken idiots) in your way. Now the chamber of commerce thinks this is what is needed to get people downtown. Go watch the game and then go home where you should be if you do not need to be at work at night.

Lawrence Burton 11 years, 9 months ago

I've been waiting for Lawrence to remember it's here because of K.U.. Lawrence would NOT be the meca it is today if not for K.U. and it supporters. Those people that don't like these activities in there town should move or quit complaining. Taxes might be high. Cost of living might be high. Remember you get what you pay for. If you don't like it move to Ottawa. Taxes are low, housing is cheap. U-HAUL is on the corner. Good luck with your life.

outdoor55 11 years, 9 months ago

I'm guessing that most of those complaining don't live on Mass. St or even near downtown. So, do us all a favor and stay home. Stay inside your "safe" house and watch TV.

I will welcome everyone's money to town. Heaven forbid we give people a reason to come to town for Homecoming a day early. Relax people

BJ 11 years, 9 months ago

Now can you great folks (larrybill, liberaldude, and bob) tell me what great Lawrence would be without our great drunk tank and great homeless?

Scroll down for the answer . . . . .


Spare me your great preaching!

lisabeth2002 11 years, 9 months ago

you live in a college town! get over it and have a beer already!

Confrontation 11 years, 9 months ago

I hope the businesses would stay open later on that day. I hate how early the businesses close on every night other than Thursday. Maybe the homeless could set up a dunk tank and raise money for the food pantry.

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