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Chamber planning second annual “Celebrate Madison” at Toyota Field next month

MADISON – The past year has certainly given Madison residents a lot to celebrate – a nationally recognized school district, record-low unemployment, new residents, and new businesses in the area.

The accomplishments of the last year will be festively recognized at the second annual Celebrate Madison, a reinvented State of the City address at Toyota Field. Celebrate Madison invites all Madison residents to enjoy the family-friendly festivities.

According to Executive Director of the Madison Chamber of Commerce, Michelle Epling, “Celebrate Madison was born from Mayor Finley’s idea where the State of the City for Madison to include the entire community. Whether you’re a family of four, single, or just moved here, Celebrate Madison is a way for you to truly become invested in what’s happening, not only in the city today but to help you understand our past.”

The Madison Chamber of Commerce hosts Celebrate Madison with the support of a committee made up of local businesses. Additionally, sponsorship and city collaboration help make this event possible.

“For Celebrate Madison, the entire business community comes together to celebrate the ninth largest city, the number one school district in the state, and the number one zip code to live in, in Alabama. We have a lot to celebrate,” Epling said.

The highlight of the event, the State of the City address delivered by Mayor Paul Finley, is a chance for Madison residents to stay informed about their city with the mayor’s updates on ongoing and future initiatives to improve the city.

“Celebrate Madison is an opportunity to highlight our accomplishments and showcase our impeccable quality of life in the City of Madison,” Mayor Finley said.
Epling sees it as also an opportunity to give recognition to the many people who contribute behind the scenes to making Madison a great place to live, “As a resident, I think it’s important to know what our city is doing. There are a lot of departments that work hard to maintain the quality of life in our city. To learn about it and see it come together helps instill the belief that Madison, AL is the best place to plant your roots.”

Toyota Field sets the tone for a fun and casual day. Mayor Finley praised the great atmosphere of the venue and expressed his anticipation for Celebrate Madison, “Toyota Field serves as an ideal venue for the community at large to gather while feeling connected to their municipality and local business leaders. I look forward to celebrating with you!”

Celebrate Madison will have a variety of activities for guests of all ages. The first 300 guests can receive a free hot dog, soda, and ice cream. Guests can enjoy activities that range from face painting and lawn games to a special 21+ section. Additionally, this year’s event will feature a special touch – honoring a military family, sponsored by Signalink. Finally, all are welcome to enjoy a spectacular firework show at the end of the night.

Celebrate Madison will take place on Aug. 17. The gates of Toyota Field will open to guests at 5:30 pm, an hour before the program begins at 6:30 pm. Parking is available at the stadium and guests can reserve their free tickets in advance online through the Trash Pandas’ website at www.trashpandasbaseball.com.

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