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Chamber Corner July 2018

Old West OctoberFest Lineup

After numerous planning meetings, our new fall festival event schedule is coming together! We've designed Old West OctoberFest to appeal to all ages with a central western theme. Although the schedule is still a work in progress, we can share some of what you can expect.

Old West OctoberFest is scheduled for October 5th & 6th. The first event of the festival begins on Thursday with the annual Fine Art & Photography show opening at the P&H Center, 1111 Main. On Friday starting at 3pm, enjoy the beer garden downtown, then at 5pm you can try your hand at riding our mechanical bull. There are settings on the bull that control movement so all ages and skill levels can enjoy a turn!

As the evening begins, the festival becomes a street festival complete with food, music by Blackjack Creek and an outdoor beer garden.

As the street festival continues outside, the Chamber will host its annual Apple Auction at The LEX, beginning with social hour at 5pm. Chili and apple desserts will be available for $5. The auction begins at 6pm. Participants are encouraged to join the street party after the auction.

On Saturday the western theme really heats up. Costumed "outlaws" will roam the streets along with horses and pony rides. You'll again have a chance to view the Fine Art Show, build a scarecrow, ride the mechanical bull and enjoy food, the outdoor beer garden and street vendors.

Many Wentworth alumni will be visiting the festival, celebrating the grand opening of the Wentworth Museum and the dedication of the WMA Doughboy.

Beer enthusiasts will love the craft beer tasting event at The LEX. Then beginning at 6pm, The Bucket Band will take the stage to keep the party going.

This is only a partial list OctoberFest events with more info to come! The Chamber has worked hard to redesign a festival that caters to more diverse and contemporary interests. The challenge has been maintaining the seasonal balance of what our region has to offer with popular attractions from past festivals. In the coming weeks we'll have a final schedule and a website with all the details. We realize it is still summertime...but get ready for some Fall fun!

Our Downtown Continues to Grow!

The recent opening of The Heist and the very recent sale of a large property for yet another new, pre-established business shows the resiliency of our area and high level of confidence with the local business community.

A recent promotion by a business downtown literally filled the available parking spaces. A third new business is currently under interior remodeling and will be open later this year. We hope more businesses will make the move to Lexington.

This activity is an encouraging sign of growth and both the city and the community will reap the benefits. More attractions mean more opportunity for our economy and the residual effect of visitors telling friends to check out Lexington.

With any business, sustainability can only be achieved with people supporting it. The business has made the investment and taken the risk that it will succeed but ultimately the fate of any business rests with those who make purchases and tell others about it.

Our local businesses can succeed if we all take ownership of working to keep them alive and thriving. When you need to make a purchase, please think of Lexington businesses whenever you can. A good part of your purchase dollar stays right here in town when you do!

Chamber Trolley Getting a Facelift

Most of the prep work for the Chamber's trolley has now been completed including licensing, insurance, minor repairs and other small but necessary details. A trolley committee is reviewing policy, contracts and other business-related issues.

We're also working on a makeover; removal of old signage, addition of custom graphics and a "color lift" which will remove oxidized paint and bring out the original colors and shine to the paint.

You'll get to see Lexington's new trolley as part the Lexington Community Fair parade, August 18th at 11am. In the meantime, the trolley is available for groups, weddings, wine and orchard tours, scenic rides or other private events. Please call 660-259-3082 for details!

Member Spotlight--Community Christian Center

Established in 2009, The Community Christian Center serves seniors, families and youth in Western Lafayette County and beyond. The beautiful facility is available for rental with space to accommodate 4 to 400 people.

More information is available at their website, www.cccforyour.org or email them at cccforyou@gmail.com

New & Renewed Chamber Members. Thank You!

Thank you for your support!

Fred & Abigail Tempel
Lexington Community Betterment Association

Join or Renew your Chamber Membership for 2018!

Membership offers opportunities to help grow your business! Networking, referrals, connections, and a free listing on our website are just the beginning. You can take advantage of our high-traffic Resource Center, a member-only display for your marketing information.

Membership also provides a unique way to put your company's name before businesses and individuals who request information about moving to Lexington. Targeting newcomers can easily be a part of your marketing strategy.

We also invite you to volunteer for one of the many Chamber groups that work to promote events and programs that favorably impact area businesses and grow the community.

Become a part of, and help us continue our mission of making Lexington the best it can be! Become a member, or renew your Chamber membership. For more details visit www.historiclexington.com

Advertising with Chamber Electronic Ads for Ten Cents a Day

Is our electronic advertising offer a part of your 2018 marketing plans? It should be! You can take advantage of advertising your message on our big screen TV in the License Bureau for only $36.50 for the entire year. This super-reasonable fee reaches over 30,000 people a year. Use your logo, a photo, or other image and text...you decide! Remember that the License Bureau becomes a "captive audience" for your TV message, as customers wait their turn!

Call Penny Grosso at 660-259-3082 or Gary Worth at 816-868-9692 and we'll get your ad assembled and on-screen right away. Not a member? You can still take advertise with us...find out how joining the Chamber reduces your yearly electronic ad cost to near zero! Learn the full details about the program here: www.historiclexington.com/events/VideoSlides2.pdf

Buy Local Lexington!

Please continue to patronize all the chamber businesses that have made a dedicated effort to make Lexington the great community that makes us proud.

Lexington in Fact

>Had a Second Battle of Lexington occurring during Price's Missouri Expedition on October 19, 1864.

>Is home to Wentworth Military Academy, founded in 1880, which still draws students from throughout the country and worldwide.

Setting Business Growth In Motion.