Steven Dillingham

U.S. Census Director Steven Dillingham speaks to a crowd of more than 200 elected officials and representatives from around the state about the importance of the 2020 Census in August 2019 at Cullman Regional.

With Alabama’s federal funding and Congressional influence on the line for the next ten years, officials are making a coordinated push to boost the local response to the 2020 U.S. Census.

This year’s census opens in Alabama on March 12, and ahead of next week’s starting line, plans are coming together for a series of community events aimed at giving everyone an incentive to fill out their census forms. Beginning Saturday, March 14 and continuing through early June, “Community Census Days” events will be staged at twelve locations throughout Cullman County — with the first set to kick off in Garden City.

As the census looks to drive more responses through the ease of taking things online, the Cullman County Bookmobile will show up at every location with internet-equipped iPads for attendees to use, on site, to get their forms completed. Anyone who completes the census at the event (as well as those who’ve already completed their forms ahead of time) will be eligible for door prizes at each stop, including a 50’’ smart TV, a Walmart gift card, passes to the Cullman Wellness & Aquatic Center, and more.

At Garden City and every event venue in the weeks to come, there’ll be kids’ activities, bouncy houses, disc golf, corn hole games, and — perhaps best of all — food. The idea, say organizers, is to give Cullman County a strong showing so that the local population will be well represented as Congress takes up federal funding apportionments, over the next decade, that are based on an area’s population.

Below is a listing of all the Community Census Days events scheduled for Cullman County.

March 14

Garden City Park

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

March 21

Cullman — Depot Park

11a.m. to 3 p.m.

March 28

Berlin Community Center

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 4

Good Hope Municipal Park

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Baileyton Town Park

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 11

South Vinemont Community Center

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 18

West Point Town Hall

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cold Springs (TBA)

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 25

Holly Pond — Guy Hunt Library & Museum

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 9

Fairview Town Park

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 6

Hanceville Veterans Park

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 13

Dodge City Town Hall

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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