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Angelina Coalition kicks off Family Friendly Festival Partnership

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Underage drinking is something that happens across the nation and it's not immune to Angelina County.

“Walking down the hallways, I'll hear people say things like ‘there's a party this weekend are you going,’ and talking about kegs and things like that,” said Hudson High School senior Katy Turner.

"Underage drinking has been a problem,” said Family Friendly Festivals Committee Chair Dr. Patricia McKenzie. “We do conduct surveys and so we know it's a problem.”

Local high students said it's not hard to get access to alcohol at public events.

"I don't think they're really checking your ID and they'll just kind of glance at it,” Turner said. “I think it’s easy for underage drinkers to obtain alcohol."

It's a major reason why the Angelina Coalition has created the Family Friendly Festival partnership.

"We developed this so that we can encourage organizations to create an alcohol free environment,” said McKenzie.

There are three levels events can obtain. The highest is platinum, meaning the event is completely alcohol free. Platinum level was awarded to their first partner, The Lufkin Junior League’ Touch-A-Truck event.

"That was a great way for us to get that out in the community, that we are an event without these hindrances to anyone being able to come,” said Touch-A-Truck Event Chair Tyler Pavlic.

The Junior League has served alcohol at their events in the past, but has since stopped and noticed positive benefits.

"We strive to serve the women and children of the community, so we've really tried to move towards family events, which means no alcohol and no tobacco,” Pavlic said.

The Coalition said the other two levels of their partnership are for events that serve alcohol. However these events must keep alcohol separated and firmly ask for identification as well as providing wristbands for legal drinkers.

"Every organization out there should recognize that we encourage you to be a Family Friendly Festival,” McKenzie said.

The Touch a Truck event is on March 19th at the George H. Henderson Expo Center, where several trucks from around the community will be on hand for families to come and see. Ticket information is available at http://juniorleagueoflufkin.org/ .

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