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State of the City Festival Brings Amarillo Community and Groups Together

The State of the City Festival received a facelift for the community to learn more about their city.

Saturday brought perfect weather for locals to come and learn about things going on in Amarillo. The town festival had a fun change from the usual morning suit and tie business meeting to a festival meant to celebrate the changes taking place in Amarillo. “State of the City should be about everyone who lives in the city, so we wanted to open it up as a community event. We have food trucks, over 40 different booths by city departments and non-profits,” said Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson.

Nelson felt it was important to host this event as a way to engage as many citizens as possible, with an emphasis on reaching out to younger generations to learn about the opportunities and what the city has to offer, with the ability to have one- one-on-one conversations with city staff and non-profit organizations.

“It’s a different way of engaging with the community and telling them through their questions what the state of the city is,” added Nelson. “The state of the city is a booming opportunity.”

The community enjoyed cooler weather at the State of the City Festival at Sam Houston Park, with more than 40 vendors ready to educate citizens about their groups and services on Saturday.

The nonprofit’s line of tents added a fun splash of color to Sam Houston Park. Strolling through the crowd were several four-legged friends dressed in different bandanas. These pets strutted around in hopes of finding a forever home and raising awareness of the different breeds of dogs that Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare (AAMW) has in its care.

“We are here to show that we have wonderful dogs for adoption and to show some of the things that we have to offer to the community. We enjoy these kinds of events and getting feedback and expanding on it,” said Kayla Seoo, AAMW Outreach Manager. Her tent was also giving away items donated by that people could use for not only their dogs, but their cats as well.

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