Red Ribbon Week, the annual celebration encouraging young people to stay away from drugs and violence, will be held from Saturday, Oct. 19 to Sunday, Oct. 27. The event is organized by the Parker Area Alliance for Community Empowerment, or PAACE.
Red Ribbon Week will close out with Family Fun Day Oct. 27 at Pop Harvey Park. If an agency or business wants to have a booth at this event, the participation forms are due Oct. 18. PAACE Director Randy Hartless said they want to know as soon as possible who will be participating. He added there is only a limited amount of electricity available at the park.
All activities for young people at this event must be free. The goal is to encourage them to be drug-free. Kom said it’s okay for someone to promote their business or agency, but the activities for the youngsters must be free.
If a business wants to participate in the business decorating contest, the entry form is due Oct. 21.
The theme chosen for this year was “Make Drugs a Thing of the Past,” featuring a dinosaur logo similar to the one used in the movie, “Jurassic Park.” Hartless thanked Outreach Kom for coming up with the idea.
The local events for the week will start with a parade Oct. 19 in Bouse and will end with Family Fun Day from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at Pop Harvey Park. Family Fun Day will feature booths from public service agencies and service clubs, as well as activities, raffles and give-aways for children and youth.
Planned activities during the week include a business-decorating contest, a door-decorating contest for the schools, and assemblies and presentations for students. The doors and businesses will be judged Thursday, Oct. 24.
As in years past, PAACE is looking for sponsors to offer incentive items for young people to wear their Red Ribbon Week wristbands and tee-shirts. Local businesses could offer prizes or free items to young people during the week.
To find out more about Red Ribbon Week, call PAACE at 928-669-5565.