By Kalin Krohe, Panhandle Post
If you drove near Box Butte Avenue in downtown Alliance on March 22 at 4 p.m. you noticed a lot of activity and many cars. The "Cruise the Butte" event was in high gear.
Tami Cox Swearingen from the "Pillars for the Park" group organized this event to promote social distancing in these uncertain times in the world and community. Swearingen told Panhandle Post she got the idea from Box Butte County resident Kim Tschacher.
There was around 250 drivers cruising Box Butte Avenue. The age range was from 16 to 89.
"I was told from the Alliance Police Department I had to contact Panhandle Public Health District," said Swearingen. "PPHD said it was an awesome idea, and as long as folks from the same house holds were in the same vehicles...it was safe social distancing."
Swearingen said she wanted to get the word out quick and see some smiles that the community needs right now.
"There was an overwhelming response," said Swearingen. "Amazing....but ya know...I already knew how awesome our town is! I'm glad Kim [Tschacher] came up with the idea...and glad i could help spread the word. Alliance has got this...best hometown ya know!"
Kate Lenz was an Alliance resident who participated in the cruise.
"It was fun. People were hanging out the moon roofs...it was sweet," said Lenz.