Project Hold Up Program Welcomes Travelers to Midland

By Wyatt Goolsby
Newswest 9

Midland Police were out on patrol Thursday, pulling over people with out-of-state license plates. But it wasn't to give them a ticket. It's certainly not what one out-of-state family got when they were pulled over Thursday afternoon.

"Well, I didn't know, I knew he wasn't speeding, so I didn't know what was going on," said Cassandra Pelajm.

"We were wondering why he was following us like that, so okay, let's see what he has to say," explained Solomon Pelajm, who was driving from Tennessee. "I think I was doing the right speed limit. He just stopped, came up, and asked us if we would stay in Midland. That didn't sound right."

But it did turn out to be right. The family was part of "Hold Up," an event done every year to show just how friendly Midland can be.

"Well we pull over a family from out of state, with the help of the sheriff's department or police department. We let them know that we are wanting them to spend a little time in Midland," said Diane Wright, a representative for the Midland Chamber of Commerce. "We will give them a free hotel room, we also take them to dinner and it's complimentary."

The "Hold Up" is done every summer, and the program will continue until August 2nd.