2015 is just flying by and before you know it, Memorial Day weekend will be here as will the Herington High School All School Reunion! 300+ Herington alumni will be coming back to town for the event. The full schedule is coming soon.
The Alumni Committee has asked the Chamber to help by organizing the lunch gathering on Saturday. After the parade, the participants will be invited to gather at Tripp Field for a time to reconnect and socialize. We are looking for food vendors as well as local craft vendors. This is free for the vendors and a great way for local groups and organizations to do a little fundraising. Call me today to find out how you can participate.
The Chamber is also creating a coupon book that will go in the Welcome packets that each participant receives. Local businesses are highly encouraged to contact me about this free promotional opportunity.
This May will also mark the second anniversary of the Think Local First program and the committee has some changes planned. Stay tuned for all the details.
Spring is here and we’re all enjoying this warmer weather!
Spring means time to think about lawn work again. The Rock Island Church is hosting their annual lawn mower tune up day this Saturday at the church. Big thanks to them for this great community service.
Saturday is also spring cleaning day for a lot of residents of Hope as they host their annual City Wide Garage Sale Day. Head on over for some great deals.
Friday the 17th is one of my favorite events of the year, the high school Promenade. Before moving to the area, I had never heard of this; but what a great way for the community to show their support of the local students. Come on out at 6:30pm and see our young citizens dressed up in their finest before heading off to their big night.
The next night, the Hospital Auxiliary will host the fun. Come on out to the community building for fun for the whole family. Kids games, Bingo, silent auctions, raffles, great food, and an exciting live auction; all benefiting the Herington Municipal Hospital.
The last weekend in April will round out another fun month with a street dance and cruise in Friday night and the Throttle Jockey’s Car Show and Drag Races on Saturday. Remember on Friday night, Broadway will be closed from Walnut to Main. Saturday morning from 6am to a little after 1pm, a good portion of the downtown streets including Broadway, 1st Street, Main, Walnut, Day, and McClaren. At past events, we’ve had issues with people going around the barricades. Please respect the safety of the event participants, plan ahead, and take an alternative route to your destination.
The next 5 weeks in the Tri-County area are just slammin-jammin with things to do!
The Burdick Labor Day Celebration kicks off September on Sunday and Monday Sept 1 & 2 with their annual Festival featuring a parade, music, pedal power, lots of food, and lots of fun! You can see the full line up of their event on line at www.facebook.com/BurdickLaborDayCelebration
Then just a few days later we’ll scoot on over to Hope on Sept 7 for the Hope Heritage Festival. The Car Show and Pin-Up competition at this event were THE talk of the fall last year, make sure you don’t miss it. The Chamber will be hosting NASCAR themed Turtle Races at the event. Throw in a parade, lots of food, and Captain Andy’s Comedy Hypnotist show and you have one fun day. Check out their full line up on line at www.HopeHF.com
On Sept10, the Circus will be in Herington. This is a Chamber sponsored event and you can get tickets at the Chamber office, at Kay’s Pharmacy, or at the West Walnut Market. Show times will be at 5pm & 7:30.
Sept 11 the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 1281 will be hosting a 9/11 Memorial Walk at Father Padilla Park from 6pm-8pm
The Chamber will be helping to organize the Red Cross Blood Drive on Sept. 13 at the Herington Community Building from 10am-2pm. Be a hero, give blood, and get a free hamburger to boot!
Our next Cash Mob will be at G&R Auto Parts on Sept. 14 from 10am-12noon. I hear that Gene, Rhonda, and Dave are planning some specials for that day. Come out and support a local business. If you spend at least $10 in cash at the event, you’ll get your name in a drawing for a prize basket worth $60.
The always popular Crossroads Flea Market will be in town on Sunday, August 15.
Rails ‘N Trails will round out the month with Herington’s annual heritage festival. The 2nd Annual Rails ‘N Trails KCBS sanction BBQ contest will be the highlight of the festival along with our Herington’s Got Talent contest. We will also have a health and vendor fair, midway games, a history tour in an open air trolley, carriage rides, COOL inflatable jumpy things (we sprung for the obstacle course!), gunfighters, the Delano Dollies, and lots of other fun stuff! The Bike Rodeo is Wednesday night the 18th, the Cemetery Tours are Thursday night leaving from the West Walnut Market, and Friday night is Rails ‘N Trails night at the Railers football game. Also Friday night is a concert at Tripp Field by the classic rock band Shagnasty – free with your Rails ‘N Trails button.
Man, by the time Rails ‘N Trails is over, I’m going to need to sleep for a week to rest!
Tonight I had a booth at the Herington Elementary School Open House and had such a great time talking with the kids about the upcoming circus and to their parents about Rails ‘N Trails, the Burdick Labor Day Festival, and the Hope Heritage Festival.
The new elementary school principal, Donna Ferguson, is a great asset to our community. We at the Chamber are so excited to be invited to be involved in our schools!
Good luck students as you start the new school year!