Downtown Hamilton gets a boost with popular event
HAMILTON, Ohio (WKRC) - Around 5 p.m. many people are heading home for the day, leaving the downtown area, but that's not the case in Hamilton.
The music alone is enough to get the attention of people driving through the Butler County city. Even after rain, families still wanted to come and hang out at Alive After 5 on High Street. The games catch the eyes of children and adults. Most of the events there don't cost much or they're free to the public.
"We encourage all the businesses to have free activities. The Fitton Center for Creative Arts comes out and does a kids craft every time. We as the committee have games and raffles and things like that," said Liz Hayden.
Hayden is on the committee that organizes the event. Alive After 5 has brought in thousands of people since it started a year and a half ago. The event is a way to help revive the city's downtown area and show off restaurants and businesses.
"So many cars pass Alexander Hamilton statue everyday and for them to drive through at that rush hour time when we're out here for Live After 5, to see how many people are enjoying all that Hamilton has to offer, it's really important," Caroline Meiner said.
When a lot of smaller cities see their downtown empty after hours, Hamilton is experiencing a renaissance of sorts.
Alive After 5 is the first Thursday of every month.