Last updated: January 22. 2014 7:14PM - 659 Views
By Joe P. Asher jasher@civitasmedia.com

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The Harlan Tourism and Convention Commission is considering the possibility of hosting an “Un-Prom” for area high school students.

During a meeting Tuesday, Harlan Tourism Director Brandon Pennington presented the notion to the board.

“This…was also brought to us by Donnell Busroe,” said Pennington. “She and I have been in contact for the last month or so. She’s really wanting to get involved in a lot of the events that we have going on here at the Harlan Center.

Pennington said Busroe came up with the idea of hosting a dance that targets the youth in the community.

“She used the tag line ‘all the fun, not the fuss,” said Pennington. “Basically, the Un-Prom would be a dance at the center.”

Pennington stated students would pay a cover of $5 to get in the door.

“We would only offer finger foods and drinks,” said Pennington.

According to Pennington, the event will have a “come as you are” feel rather than require prom dresses and tuxedos.

“It would give our youth something to do, and it wouldn’t cost too much to put on here at the center because we already have the space available,” said Pennington. “We just have to incur the cost of the finger foods and the DJ.”

Pennington said he had already spoken to an area business person who had expressed a willingness to donate decorations, as well as a DJ that would consider a discounted rate to provide music.

Pennington suggested a Friday in February or the last two Saturdays in March as a possible date for the event.

“I don’t have a problem with it,” said board chair Annie Fox. “I think you’re going to have to network out to both high schools to kind of get the seed planted.”

The board members expressed concern about securing chaperons for the event.

“We can’t commit to a date right now,” said board member Dane Ledford. “We really have to have some strong commitments from some people.”

The panel decided to do some research into the viability of the event before making a decision.

Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 113 or on Twitter @joe_hde

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