Thank You Throttle Jockeys Car Club

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!

Chamber Chatter – April 24

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.

We Appreciate our Local Organizations

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.

Another Busy Week Ahead!

Leslie Mayes and I at the West Walnut Market

Leslie Mayes and I at the West Walnut Market

Another busy week down and another busy one on the way!

I hope you had as much fun at the Hospital fundraiser as I did!  Did you see my doxie skirt?

Don’t forget next Tuesday, April 22nd, is Earth Day and also the citywide Earth Day Clean Up Day.  The Chamber could use a few more volunteers to help get the downtown area spiffed up before the Throttle Jockey’s Car Show on the 26th.  Just show up and we’ll have plenty of squeegees to use as we follow behind the power washers and clean all the windows.

Bring the little ones down to Father Padilla Park at 1pm this Saturday for the Beta Sigma Phi ladies’ annual Easter Egg Hunt.  It’s so cute to watch them scramble!

We’re debuting a new event at the Chamber office on April 29th; we’re calling it Talk Back Tuesday. We’d like to hear from all of our Chamber members, both businesses and individuals. Come in and find out if you are getting everything that you can from your membership; also tell us what you think about all the changes that we’ve made in the last year and make suggestions.  We’ll have coffee and snacks all day. The office will be open from 8am to 7pm for those that want to come in after work. I will be here as well as our Executive Board President Ed Mueller and other board members will cycle in throughout the day. We want to hear from YOU!  Talk Back Tuesday!Talk Back Tuesday

What a Difference a Year Makes

Picture courtesy of Studio 81 Photos

Picture courtesy of Studio 81 Photos

As I walked around the Wizard of Oz Mother/Daughter Dinner last weekend, I got to thinking about what a difference a year makes.  At the Down the Rabbit Hole event last year, it was a sea of mostly unrecognizable faces for me, when a person I knew sprinkled in here and there.  This year, every time I turned around, there was a lady that over the last year, I have come to know and care about.  As a former Marine wife, I can’t tell you how happy it makes my heart to have become a part of this community.

What a fantastic giving community it is as well, we rally around our own and take care of them.  I hope to see everyone next Monday, the 14th, at the benefit Hamburger Feed & Silent Auction to support Pete Schultz and his family as he goes through treatment for a rare kidney disease!  Don’t worry about dinner, come and enjoy some good grub starting at 5pm and going on until everyone is fed.

I also hope to see everyone at the 5th Annual HMH Foundation Spring Fling this Saturday!  Pull out those poodle skirts and grease back your hair for hopping good time.  There will be great food, kids’ games, Bingo and Texas Hold ‘Em, Silent Auctions, and the ever popular live auction!

Keep your eyes open Friday afternoon, I hear some cute bobby-sockers will be running around town handing out kids’ game tickets and just generally being cute!

April 16th Cash Mob Planned

Our Think Local First program is very excited about our Cash Mob this month, we’ll be mobbing two of our home-based businesses: Signature Homestyles and Mary Kay.

signature homestylesChardy Bayes is an individual representative for Signature Homestyles, a company that specializes in home décor and home organization.  Tammie Jinkerson-Prosch is a fairly new transplant to our community and has joined the Chamber and the Think Local First program with both her crafting business, Crafting Your Treasures, and as a Mary Kay beauty consultant.mary kay logo

On April 16, from 4:30-6:30pm, we’ll be mobbing both of these ladies here at the Chamber office.  Come in and either purchase something or place an order for at least $10 and be entered into the drawing for the $60 prize basket.

Don’t forget to keep bringing in those receipts for a chance to win the $150 monthly prize basket. The drawings are held at 3pm on the last day of the month. This past month, on the last day of March, Joan Mattan was our lucky winner!