Sober Fest brings a sense of community to Duluth

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Recovery is always something to celebrate. Today, some groups from across Minnesota came together to put on “Sober Fest.”

The events goal is to cherish and bring a sense of community to those who have or are struggling with addiction. “My life has completely changed. I give a lot of thanks to Sober Squad for honestly saving my life,” said one of the organizers, Allie McDevett.

The turn out was remarkable, there were burgers and brats, games, and even a fry bread eating contest. Winner, Richard Laroque, took home $200 as a prize. “I knew when I was on my last piece that I was going to win,” he says.

LaRoque also shared words of encouragement saying “things work out and you’re not alone.”

Many sharing words of encouragement, McDevett says, “you are not alone and I believe in you. We all believe in you and we have your back.” “Recovery is real, recovery is happening and there is a resource system for anybody that feels like reaching out,” said volunteer Meredith Two Crow.

If you are interested, on Sunday’s the Sober Squad has talking circles at 1 p.m. at the Hillside Community Center. For more information on the sober squad or Recovery Alliance Duluth, visit their websites.