Big Day Downtown draws hundreds of people to the heart of Abilene


ABILENE, Texas - The annual Big Day Downtown event drew a big crowd to the heart of Abilene. Hundreds of people came downtown to eat, shop and most importantly celebrate downtown Abilene. The event had food trucks, play areas for kids, local breweries, craft vendors and more. We caught up with businesses downtown to find out how beneficial this event is.

"[The event] connects people to things they don't even realize they have, like all the resources downtown," said Project 7 Billion Studio representative Jeremiah DeLeon. "It's good to get the downtown name out. Like all the bars downtown get their names out. [The event] brings everyone together just for a nice day outside," said CRU Bar & Venue bartender Shea Hargrove. One issue facing city leaders and city candidates recently has been allowing Abilene bars and restaurants to sell alcohol until 2 a.m.

The bartender at CRU said having bars stay open later would benefit the downtown area.

"I think it's a good idea," Hargrove said. "It'd probably help improve the night life of Abilene because I mean everything shuts down at like midnight or one. I mean the more money they spend, the more money we make, and the more money we can spend in Abilene. I think it's just better for everybody." DeLeon, with Project 7 Billion, a nonprofit located downtown, explained why this event is a boost for the whole city. "It looks like it's just helping the businesses, but like in reality its helping raise the whole value of this city and Abilene's a growing city," DeLeon said. This event was sponsored by the Abilene Downtown Association and was free to attend.