Kimberly tries to talk her parents into the BIG firecracker!

I’m back in the Chamber office now and want to thank Mickey for filling in for me last week writing the Chamber Chatter column.

Every time we’re in the midst of a big event or project, I say “when this is over, I’ll have time to relax for a bit”; but then before you know it, I’m running 100 miles an hour with my hair on fire on another plan.  Someone pointed that out to me once and I explained that it’s just my way of compartmentalizing. If you look at everything that the Chamber does all year long, it would be overwhelming; so I focus on one at a time, but with an eye on the next few things coming down the pike.

The fireworks stand, although physically exhausting, was a big success!  The funds we raised through this stand allow us to keep the lights on and office operating; so thank you to everyone who supported us!

Next up on our calendar is the Grand Opening Celebration at Kay’s Pharmacy on July 10th from 12noon-6pm, manning the Think Local First booth at the Tri-County Free Fair, and Horse Apple Bingo Saturday night!

On August 2nd, we’ll be premiering a new event from the Chamber’s Fun Committee: the Wild Wench Photo Scavenger hunt!  Check out the event page on Facebook, stop in the Chamber office, or see any Fun Committee member for more details!

Mickclose upHello everyone, this is Mickey and I is writing Momma’s column this week because she is working hard at the fireworks stand. I don’t like that stupid fireworks stand because Momma spends too much time there that she should be spending with her puppy! Luckily my Aunt Lisa is visiting and plays ball with me.

I heard Momma say that she is very grateful to all the helpers she has at the stand this week. She said that set up day went nice and easy because the Mud Dogs helped. At first I had a big mad because I thought she was playing with other dogs, but she said that is a baseball team. Momma also said that the VFW guys have all be really helpful too and she appreciated all their help. Lots of other people have come and helped work at the stand, too many to list, but she says they know who they are and she appreciates them all especially Aunt Lisa and Grandpa (Momma’s Dad) who came all the way from Texas this week to help!

Momma also said that she is grateful to all the local people for supporting the fireworks stand and for understanding why the Chamber office is closed all week and to Kay’s Pharmacy for being a UPS drop-off spot while her office is closed. Momma will be back in her office on Monday morning.

Next week she will write her own column and I will go back to napping, ball playing, and protecting my yard from vicious bunny rabbits. (but not Miss Vikki’s big fluffy cat, who still scares me)

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 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.