Posted 11 months ago
By Kevin Horn
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A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Tuesday, October 1 at 9 am at Alliance’s Carhenge as the city takes over the 26-year-old tourist attraction.
Friends of Carhenge will officially transfer ownership at that time.
City of Alliance Visitor’s Bureau Director Kevin Howard says that immediately following the ceremony, city crews will begin with revitalization and upgrades to the property.
Howard says that the next step will be getting the inventory from the Carhenge visitors center moved into the Knight Museum for the winter.
However, Howard says that doesn’t mean the visitor’s center will not be utilized when the tourist season resumes next spring.
Carhenge was built in 1987 by former Alliance resident Jim Reiders. In 1994, The Stonehenge replica was donated to the Friends of Carhenge, who have preserved it until gifting it to the city.
Howard says that even though the city will take over Carhenge on October 1, the Friends of Carhenge will still assist with the attraction, and function much like the Friends of the Library and Knight Museum Partners assist those city facilities.
Howard says that as well as sprucing up the Carhenge grounds on Oct. 1, the cars will eventually receive some tending loving care.
Howard adds that while upgrades are needed, don’t look for any major changes to the grounds.
Again that ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the city of Alliance accepting ownership of Carhenge will be Tuesday, October 1 at 9 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend.
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