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Great Falls families take part in Sober Bowl party

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GREAT FALLS -- Several Great Falls families came together at the Montana ExpoPark for the first ever Sober Bowl party.

Opportunities Incorporated spearheaded the family-friendly event that was held at the Exhibition Hall.

Several kids' activities were set up including coloring, games, and craft areas where children made necklaces while their parents enjoyed the game.

Food and drinks were provided for anyone who wanted to come out to the event.

Participant Carlos Hernandez found out about the event through a friend and decided to bring his 11-month-old daughter along, since he believes it's a safe place for them to watch the game.

"This is definitely a good opportunity to come out and socialize. Bring my daughter out to socialize with everybody, sort of show her the world a little bit,” Hernandez said.

Organizers hope to make this an annual tradition in Great Falls.

(January 30, 2015) Several Great Falls organizations are banding together to provide a community-wide alcohol-free Super Bowl party.

Opportunities Incorporated is spearheading the "Sober Bowl" at the Exhibition Hall of the Montana ExpoPark on Sunday.

Organizers say too many events are focused around alcohol, leading to increased drinking and driving.

They want to create an annual event where anyone can watch the Super Bowl in a fun, festive, and sober environment.

Chastity Roofner of Opportunism Inc. said, "This will give that non-alcoholic family place for people to go that have kids or are in recovery or just don't enjoy going to the bar."

Bev Matsko of Head Start noted, "There's going to a kids' area for them to play games and do some fun activities. There's going to be games for adults, door prizes, free food, and they'll be able to watch the Super Bowl as well."

The doors open at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

While the event is free, they are accepting $5 donations from those who want to contribute.

For more information, call Opportunities Inc. at 406-761-0310.
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