Hope Festival Schedule Full

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

Summer Deserves a Speeding Ticket

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.

Kansas Sampler Update

IMG_20150502_094324046This past weekend, I put on my Tourism board hat and headed off to Wamego for the Kansas Sampler Festival. The event is held every year and changes locations every two years. Its main goal is to provide the public a sample of what there is to see, do, hear, taste, buy, and learn in the state. There are exhibitors, vendors, entertainers, and historical performers.

Dickinson County had a tent and both Herington and Hope were represented along with 6 other exhibitors from our county. The event set a new record this year with 12,054 people attending, and let me tell you, at the end of the day on Sunday, I felt like I had talked to every one of them!

The Herington booth was manned by myself, Ed & Giesla Mueller, Kayla Hendricks, and Stephanie Gilbert. Hope had a gorgeous booth that was manned by Danielle Coup, Amy Coup, Brandee Gentz, Bri Peterson, PatIMG_20150502_133308617 Coup, and Marcia Cook. Be sure and give all these folks a big pat on the back if you see them! I feel so great about our time there and really feel like we made some genuine connections that will result in visitors to our area.

Next year the event moves to Winfield, Kansas and the committees are already thinking about new and fun things we’re going to do to represent our towns.

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.

March a little less hectic

After an insanely busy month in February, it’s looking like March will be a little more comfortable pace. Make sure to mark your calendars for a few important dates, however.

IMAG1911G&R Auto Parts will be having their annual Spring Farm Filter Sale March 2 through 12, with the traditional customer appreciation lunch on Friday, March 6 from 11:30 am to 1pm. Be sure and come out and enjoy.

Discs Unlimited is gearing up for a great season and they’ll kick it off ondiscs unlimited March 28 with the Discs Unlimited Open at the Herington Country Club and Father Padilla Park.

If you have ever had to deal with the VA, you know how frustrating it can be. The VFW Post 1281 will once again be hosting a VA Veteran Services rep on March 21 from 8 am to 12 noon to help you nagivate the system. People that have attended this in the past have reported great things about it. They will also be serving a free will donation breakfast that morning.

The Hospital Auxiliary will be hosting a book fair on March 16 in the Physical Therapy hallway. Come out and pick up something new to read and support your local hospital!

If you have not purchased your tickets for the Benefit Memorial Dinner for Sam & Celia Gonzolas yet, please do so soon. The event is on March 14 and will sure to be a good time. Great food, silent auctions, and a performance by the Clearview Band. You can get tickets from Nelda Darwin or Brandy Collins.

Add in a blood drive, election primaries, and a Cash Mob and March is shaping up to be FUN! Be sure and see our tabletop calendars or the community calendar on our website for full details!

Congratulations to all our winners!

Join us in a round of applause for all the winners at our Annual Awards Banquet!

Educators of the yearEducators of the Year, Jean Brunner from Centre, Phil Berndt from Herington, and Barb Lorson from Rural Vista-Hope

 

Lifetime business achievement awards

 

 

 

Lifetime Business Achievement Award winners, Bill & Rohani Alcorn and Ray Mueller accepted a posthumous award for his father, Verlon Mueller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citizens of the YearYoung Citizen of the Year, Joey Thiel. Citizen of the Year, Pam Dalton. Senior Citizens of the Year Jewell Swinney and Sharon Killer (not pictured)

 

 

 

Love is in the Air!

sweet creations cookiesWith Valentine’s Day right around the corner, a lot of our local merchants are gearing up to help you show your sweetheart some Local Love! Nothing says “eh, you’ll do” like a generic ho-hum Walmart gift! Show the love of your life that you love both them AND our local community with flowers from Flowers by Vikki, sweets from Sweet Creations, a bottle of their favorite spirits from Sullivan’s Liquor or Barnes Heartland Liquor, a card from Kay’s, or a lovely gift for him or her from a wide range of our retail shops. Don’t forget that gift certificates make great gifts as well.

father daughterSpeaking of love, my father used to tell me that every girl’s first love is her Daddy. Dad’s make plans now to take your favorite princess to the Father-Daughter Dance. Last year’s inaugural event was quite a hit.

I was especially touched by the gentleman who told me he used this dance to teach his daughter what to expect from future boys who might want to take her on a date. He came to the door, brought her a corsage, helped her on with her coat, and held the doors open for her during the evening. It was so sweet.

Tickets are $7 a piece or $20 for a family ticket for those fathers with a house full of princesses. Get them at the Chamber office or from Fun Committee members.

Annual Banquet Plans Going Strong

If you missed the Hope Chili Bowl last Sunday, you missed a good time and great chili!  Lorna Morgan’s Hawaiian chili was my favorite with the buffalo chicken chili a close second.  Way to go HCDG for another great event.

hats offIt’s time to get your tickets for the Chamber’s annual Recognition and Community Awards Dinner.  We’ve lowered ticket prices this year to $15 per person because we want as many people to attend as possible!

We’ve added some facets to the event including an Organization Showcase during the social hour.  From 6 pm to 7 pm, any group or organization can have a table to attract members, recruit volunteers, or just promote your organization’s purpose and upcoming events.  It’s free and you do not have to buy a ticket and stay for the dinner if you do not want to. We’d love it if you did, but it’s not required.

We’ve also added a theme to the event: Hat’s Off To You! We’ll be tipping our hats to the many great members and citizens that make our communities so awesome; so pull out your favorite hat, from funny to serious, we want to see it!table top 30

Chamber members are also encouraged to sign up to decorate a table. It’s free and a great way to promote your business or organization.

To sign up for an Organization Showcase table, to decorate a table, or to buy or reserve event tickets, contact Stephanie Gilbert at Prairie Chic, 785-571-3955, or the Chamber office at 785-258-2115.

Small Business Saturday

Small-Business-SaturdayThe Think Local First campaign is gearing up for Small Business Saturday and for Think Local First for Christmas!

Now in its fifth year, Small Business Saturday (November 29th), held every year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, was created by American Express in 2010 to support the small businesses that create jobs and boost the economy. Since its inception, Small Business Saturday has served as the ceremonial kickoff to the busy holiday shopping season for independently-owned businesses.

The Chamber is really excited to be participating for the first time. We’ll be promoting the businesses that will be open and participating in Small Business Saturday with posters around town and on the Think Local First Facebook page. Stop in at the Chamber and pick up your “Shop Small” button and wear it with pride! On that Saturday, if you make a qualifying purchase at one of the participating businesses, not only will you be supporting our community and your local economy, but you’ll receive one of the 300 “Shop Small” canvas tote bags available, while supplies last.TLF logo

There are so many great ways to do your Christmas shopping locally: tools for your handyman from G&R Auto Parts or Clark Lumber, unique gifts or antiques from Miss Lizzy’s or Prairie Chic, a bottle of their favorite wine or spirit from Sullivan’s or Barnes Heartland Liquor, a subscription to the Herington Times, candles or home décor from Kay’s or Signature Homestyles, beauty products from Mary Kay, a gift certificate from one of our local restaurants or for a beauty treatment from First Impressions or Shear Joy. Show those you love that you really care with a thoughtful gift from a local merchant!