Hope FestivalThe schedule for Hope’s annual Heritage Festival is so full of fun things, I’m not sure they could possibly fit anything else on it!  This year’s theme is “Hope, a Family Tradition” and I love the addition of the “Gallery of Hope’s Family History” that will be displayed in the Catholic Hall.

The Chamber will be there, as usual, hosting the Turtle Races.  Participants need to bring their own turtles and they must be clean of any paint or decoration. Check in time starts at 9 am and nontoxic paints will be provided to decorate your racers. We’ll be doing qualifying heats at 10 am and 11 am and the winners from those races will come back and race in the final at 12 pm!  It’s always lots of fun!

Brian Haden is hoping for a record turnout at the Car Show this year and the Pin Up contest has a new coordinator this year and I’m sure that Dani Heels will be bringing new aspects to this crowd favorite!

Between the 3 on 3 Basketball Tourney, the Rock Paper Scissors Tourney, the parade, the vendors, kids games, the amazing life sized games that Brian made, the 5k, carriage rides, banana cycles, all the food, and so much more; it’s bound to be a great day!

Then to top off an already great day, the locals favorite Clearview Band will be playing that evening!

Let’s all come out and show the Hope Community Project Committee how much we appreciate all their hard work.

The Chamber’s fall Quarter Mania event is getting bigger every day.  Our local Subway has jumped in on the fun and will have valuable coupons for everyone who attends.  Our list of vendors is growing to include Scentsy, Origami Owl, the ladies of Beta Sigma Phi (Xi Gamma Epsilon chapter), It Works, and Pink Zebra. It’s going to be a great event so be sure and put September 20 on your calendar.quarter mania bidders3

Whew!  Where is this summer going?  It won’t be long now before the kids are heading back to school.  Let’s all be careful driving and watch out for those school buses.  We want to keep our kids safe.

September is shaping up to be a fun month. Be sure and put the Burdick and Hope festivals on your calendars.  Burdick’s Labor Day Celebration line up looks fun and you sure don’t want to miss the homemade ice cream.   Come out on September 7 and support this great community.

Hope’s Heritage Festival is getting bigger and bigger every year.  I can’t believe all the things that they have added to their line up this year.  Come out on September 12 and see me at the Turtle Races; always a fun time.

DSC_1649Speaking of the Turtle Races, I am desperately in need of some volunteers for that.  All my usual helpers have prior commitments on that date.  I could use someone to help me set up or tear down and I need at least one other person to help with the kids, watch the turtles between races, and help run the races.  Anyone that would like to volunteer would be greatly appreciated, even if you can only give me an hour before you go enjoy your day at the festival.

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Duck Race Game

With Herington Vintage Days officially in the books, it’s time to look forward to Burdick’s Labor Day Festival and Hope’s annual Heritage Festival! Three fun events three weekends in a row!

The organizers of Burdick’s event have put together quite a line up, kicking it off on Sunday with a community church service Sunday morning and a performance by the Peterson Farm Bros at 7:30pm Sunday evening. Monday, their schedule is packed full of fun things for all ages. I’ll be there with the Chamber’s fun Duck Race game; built by my talented husband Dave with supplies sponsored by Atmos Energy, Clark Lumber, and G&R Auto Parts. There will also be a 5k Run/Walk, a parade, a Pedal Power contest, entertainment, vendors, and LOTS of food including the ever popular funnel cakes! Burdick always puts together a fun day, so come on out.

The lineup for the Hope Heritage Festival is packed full again this year. Brian Haden is organizing the Car Show again and I understand they have beautiful pieces of machinery coming for far and wide. Chardy Bayes with Studio 81 Photography is organizing the Pin Up Contest again this year and she’s announced that the show “Street Rodding American Style” will be at the event this year with the show’s host, Patricia, participating!

turtleThe Chamber will be hosting the Turtle Races at Hope’s event again this year with qualifying heats at 10am and 11am and the final race at 12noon! The fastest turtle will win $50 in Local Bucks. Participants can check in after 9am with clean, undecorated turtles. There will be non-toxic paint available for decorating your racers.turtles

The Hope Heritage Festival will also feature a parade, kids’ rides, carriage rides, a cake walk, pedal pull, hog roast, and the CMA Recording Artist Jake Gill will be the evenings featured entertainment at 7pm with the ever popular 12 Years Coming performing from 9pm – midnight.

Hope to see everyone at both events.

Keep Calm Logo  with spaceI’ve said it again and again: my friends who told me that I would get bored living in a rural area just didn’t know what they were talking about. Every time you turn around in the Tri-County Area, there are just a plethora of choices of fun or interesting things to do.

This Saturday the VFW is hosting a breakfast where you can get VA help from a VA Services specialist and the Burdick Bunch Relay for Life team is hosting a “Tee off for the Cure” fundraising tournament. A local knitting and crochet group meets every Tuesday in the Herington Library and on August 14, the Herington Library is hosting a Great Gardening seminar where you can learn about soil conservation and organic gardening.

Both the Herington Senior Center and the Hilltop Community Center have a full and varied schedule of interesting activities – be sure and check out the tabletop calendars around town for a full list.

Bingo is available two days a week at the American Legion and the VFW, the American Legion is doing a Shrimp Boil out at the lake, and for the youth, the Herington Youth Group has two activities planned in the next few weeks.

If Festivals are your thing, we’re on the cusp of FOUR different festivals in the next eight weeks: Herington Vintage Days on August 21-23, Burdick’s Labor Day Celebration on August 31 & September 1, Hope’s Heritage Festival & Car Show on September 6, and Lincolnville’s Octoberfest on October 4.

So much fun! Be sure and check out the tabletop calendars or the Chamber’s on-line community calendar for all the details. www.tricountycofc.com/calendar

Please remember that the Chamber office will be staffed by volunteers from August 8 – 15, so new UPS packages will only be processed between 12noon and 1pm. You can drop off prelabeled packages any time between 9am and 4pm, but if you need to pay for a label it can only be done between 12noon and 1pm.

Easter Egg HuntOur Tri-County Area is so lucky to have so many active groups working hard to create fun events for our citizens.

Just this past weekend, the ladies of the Beta Sigma Phi sororities gathered 4,150 plastic Easter eggs filled with treats and hosted their annual Easter Egg Hunt in Father Padilla Park. Mueller Farms was there with cute bunnies (one of them weighed 14 pounds!) and the Easter Bunny even made an appearance handing out candy and toys!

This upcoming weekend the Throttle Jockeys Car Club is bringing the car show portion of their annual events to the downtown area.  This could bring 300+ visitors into our town, boosting our local economy; as well as making the show more convenient for families to attend.car sho;w

Throw in there the Herington Civic Club, the Hope Community Development Committee (their annual Chili Cook Off is NOT to be missed), the Herington Fireworks Committee, the White City Fireworks Committee, and the Visit Herington Tourism Group, just to name a small few – well I’d say we as residents are pretty darn lucky and should make sure that we thank those groups for all their hard work.

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 turtle fasterFestival.  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 hearTLF logo 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!