Lots of Thanks for a Great Day!

What an amazing day we had this past weekend! Friday night’s thunderstorm and the sprinkles Saturday morning couldn’t stop the Throttle Jockey’s and other car enthusiast. They had 205 cars register for the Car Show which was 3 more than they had last year with gorgeous weather! The event keeps getting bigger and bigger every year and brings huge crowds into our downtown area.

The crowds that traveled out to the Herington Airport grew again this year to watch the 125+ cars that registered for the drag races portion of the day.

DSC_2283-editBig thanks are due to the Throttle Jockey’s Car Club and their volunteers for continuing to host this show in our downtown area. I’m sure it would be easier for them to have both parts of the event at the airport. We appreciate the extra effort that they put out to bring everyone into our town and our businesses. I personally spoke to people from El Dorado, Winfield, McPherson, Manhattan, and Salina to name a few. One family told me that they regularly drive from El Dorado to Manhattan and never knew that there were so many great food options in Herington. We’ll be reaping the benefits of this exposure in future days as well!

Thanks are also due to the Herington Civic Club for getting the flags out on our streets. Ray down at the West Walnut Market suggested that and the Civic Club made it happen. It really added to the day!

Thank you to all our local citizens and groups who were so welcoming to our visitors. The event was featured on the website of Roy Boy Productions (www.RoyBoyProductions.com) and he had some wonderful things to say about Herington and its residents.DSC_2317-edit

Herington All School Reunion Planned

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 has Sprung

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.