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.

School is Almost Out!

It won’t be long now before school is out and our kids will be on their bikes riding to the swimming pool, parks, and On The Beach family fun center. Everyone please be extra careful driving around town. Several times last summer I heard from drivers who had some close calls with kids darting out in front of them.

Both Herington and Hope have an All School Reunion event planned for Memorial Day weekend with schedules packed full of fun events for graduates and local residents alike. You can check the Chamber’s community calendar on our website for all the events’ times and locations.

Don’t forget that the deadline for the Chamber’s Area Wide Garage Sale is Friday, May 22 at 4pm. We’ll be formatting the map over the long holiday weekend so no late entries will be possible. We’re extending the advertising for this event again this year, so you will want to be listed on the map for the best exposure!

The Think Local First program is nearing its two year anniversary and the committee is very proud of the results of the last two years. Starting June 1, the committee has decided to take the program into more of an education, digital and print media campaign. Our last Cash Mob will be at Sweet Creations on Tuesday, May 26 from 4pm to 6pm and our last monthly rewards drawing will be held at 3pm on Friday, May 29. Thank you everyone for all of your support and especially to the participating businesses who have generously donated extra product, gift certificates, and Local Bucks for the past two years to help make the program so successful.

One Festival Down, Two More To Come!

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Duck Race Game

With Herington Vintage Days officially in the books, it’s time to look forward to Burdick’s Labor Day Festival and Hope’s annual Heritage Festival! Three fun events three weekends in a row!

The organizers of Burdick’s event have put together quite a line up, kicking it off on Sunday with a community church service Sunday morning and a performance by the Peterson Farm Bros at 7:30pm Sunday evening. Monday, their schedule is packed full of fun things for all ages. I’ll be there with the Chamber’s fun Duck Race game; built by my talented husband Dave with supplies sponsored by Atmos Energy, Clark Lumber, and G&R Auto Parts. There will also be a 5k Run/Walk, a parade, a Pedal Power contest, entertainment, vendors, and LOTS of food including the ever popular funnel cakes! Burdick always puts together a fun day, so come on out.

The lineup for the Hope Heritage Festival is packed full again this year. Brian Haden is organizing the Car Show again and I understand they have beautiful pieces of machinery coming for far and wide. Chardy Bayes with Studio 81 Photography is organizing the Pin Up Contest again this year and she’s announced that the show “Street Rodding American Style” will be at the event this year with the show’s host, Patricia, participating!

turtleThe Chamber will be hosting the Turtle Races at Hope’s event again this year with qualifying heats at 10am and 11am and the final race at 12noon! The fastest turtle will win $50 in Local Bucks. Participants can check in after 9am with clean, undecorated turtles. There will be non-toxic paint available for decorating your racers.turtles

The Hope Heritage Festival will also feature a parade, kids’ rides, carriage rides, a cake walk, pedal pull, hog roast, and the CMA Recording Artist Jake Gill will be the evenings featured entertainment at 7pm with the ever popular 12 Years Coming performing from 9pm – midnight.

Hope to see everyone at both events.

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.