Spring is here and we’re all enjoying this warmer weather!

Rock Island Church Annual Lawn MowerSpring 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 streetand 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.

It’s time for another Think Local First Cash Mob! Our local Pizza Hut donates back to our community so much and hosts so many fundraisers for local people and groups; let’s show them how much we appreciate them in our community! Come out for the lunch buffet next Monday between 11 am and 1 pm and be entered to win the $60 Cash Mob prize basket. Pizza Hut will also be doing some additional giveaways. Come out and enjoy a great lunch and maybe win some great prizes.

Also on Monday the 16th, be sure and visit the Hospital Auxiliary’s Book Fair in the PT Hallway of the Hospital. Get some great reading material and support your local hospital.

The members of Beta Sigma Phi are starting to make calls about donations for the annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 4. Last year they had 4,150 eggs. Let’s see if we can beat that number this year! If you would like to donate plastic eggs filled with goodies (candy or other treats) contact Tonya Utech, Mary Schaffer, or myself.

street danceThe Throttle Jockey’s 4th Annual Car Show is going to be bigger and better than ever this year! The Visit Herington Tourism Board and the American Legion Riders are teaming up to host a street dance on Friday night, April 24, with the Clearview Band. Bring the family out, as they close down Broadway for a great community dance. The Car Show will be Saturday morning, April 25, from 8 am to 1 pm. Street closures will start around 6 am.

Please be aware of the street closures and respect the barriers. It just takes a few extra minutes of your time to take an alternate route to your destination. Please do not go around the barriers once they are in place. Not only is it inconsiderate, but it’s potentially dangerous. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Throttle Jockeys picsYesterday, downtown Herington was packed with local residents and tourists alike enjoying the 3rd Annual Car Show and after 1pm, everyone headed out to the Herington Airport for the Drag Races.

There were car club members out on the street before 6am putting up barricades and setting up equipment so that when the first cars started rolling in at 8am, everything was ready.Throttle Jockeys pics3

We had over 200 cars registered from as far away as Oklahoma and Nebraska and spectators from all the surrounding counties and all we heard all day was compliments on what a great event it was.

Thank you to the City of Herington employees who contributed so much and thank you to our Chamber volunteers for helping with the vendor portion of the show.

Throttle Jockeys pics4Every year the show keeps getting better and better!

tshirtLast Friday I attended the final planning meeting for the upcoming Throttle Jockeys Car Show & Drag Races.  Our community is so lucky to have such a great group of people putting on this fun event. If the weather clears up by Saturday, we could see over 300+ visitors in our community! How very exciting!

Come out Saturday morning and support the Throttle Jockeys and our vendors.  Also make sure you stop in and visit with our newest business, Prairie Chic, which will be opening their doors this Friday.  I am very excited to see what this unique venue is going to bring!

Registration is now open for the Area Wide Garage Sale, scheduled for May 31st. Come by the Chamber office and register your sale. A standard listing is $5 and an upgraded listing is $7.50.  We’ll be advertising the event in 6 local newspapers all over the surrounding areas.