- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) - The organizer of a July 4 parade in Michigan’s northeastern Lower Peninsula is seeking someone else to run the annual event.

The Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce wants to hand its Fourth of July parade responsibilities to a group that can devote more time and resources to it, The Alpena News reported Saturday (https://bit.ly/1OYv4eg ).

Thousands of people attend the parade and fireworks show, but it doesn’t bring much money to area businesses, Chamber President and Chief Executive Jackie Krawczak told the newspaper.

“It is always at the bottom of the list in terms of impact for our members and it doesn’t fit well with what our mission is,” Krawczak said. “This … really fits better with a community service group than what a business organization should be doing.”

Krawczak said parade planning usually starts in February or March. A special meeting is scheduled Jan. 21 to give information to interested groups on how the parade is planned and benefits gained by hosting it.



“It used to be that sponsors would send volunteers to help, but that sort of went away,” she said. “We still get the sponsorship money, but the work falls to our staff, family and friends. It has just reached the point where we know we want that time for more valuable things.”

The chamber’s board is set to vote on ending its involvement with the parade if a new organizer doesn’t come forward, she added.

“The board is not torn about this,” Krawczak said. “There has to be a drop-dead date where we say we are going to do it or we aren’t. We can’t just keep wishing someone else will take it.”

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Information from: The Alpena News, https://www.thealpenanews.com

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