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Chamber Corner October 2018

A Wet but Successful Old West OctoberFest

Despite unsettled October weather, the first annual Old West OctoberFest managed to delight and entertain a respectable crowd.

The kickoff evening of the festival outside included live music, a beer garden and cowboys on horseback.

Award-winning apples generously donated by Rasa Orchards and Peters Orchards helped drive high bids at the Chamber Apple Auction. Adkins Auction Service, volunteers helping with the auction and those donating chili and apple desserts made the evening event a big success.

Early Saturday morning event goers were greeted with a cold rain but by midmorning the skies turned to overcast. Even with less than ideal conditions, the crowd participated in scarecrow building, trolley tours, kid activities and pony rides along with the chance to sample BBQ hosted by the Lexington Ribs for Wrestlers group.

The inclusion of Wentworth Alumni and related activities also added to the festivities downtown. The Annual Fine Arts & Photography Show reported a record number of entries and downtown businesses reported good traffic.

Throughout the day, cowboys on horseback staged robberies, skirmishes and shootouts. The authentic cowboy reenactors brought back the Old West, creating the common thread throughout the event. The mechanical bull was another popular attraction; a treat for first time riders.

Monitoring our website the morning of the event many out-of-town people were visiting the site, likely trying to decide if the weather was going to cooperate. Strong interest appeared to be for those 25-45 years of age.

All things considered, we think the first year of Old West OctoberFest was a success. As we assess how to grow the festival in future years it would seem that the change in theme and related activities was positive, creating a solid base to make the festival even more attractive to both local and out-of-town attendees in the future.

Old West OctoberFest Shotgun Raffle Winner!

Congratulations to Monte Lauderdale winner of the special edition Remington shotgun we raffled off during Old West OctoberFest! The walnut stock was custom laser-engraved by Remington Arms with the Old West OctoberFest logo.

The gun was donated by Ed Stryker. Thanks to everyone who participated in the raffle...and enjoy your prize, Monte!

The Chamber Trolley Goes to Work

Our Chamber trolley transported over 270 attendees of the recent Civil War event to the Anderson House Haunted Hospital on Oct. 27. Guests were treated to a ghoulish lantern tour of a Civil War era battlefield hospital.

The Chamber is currently working on a website with information and pricing options to rent the trolley for wine tours, weddings, parties or other events. We'll have more details once the website goes live. There is much interest in our trolley and we believe it will stimulate a new audience to discover Lexington and area attractions.

Travel back in time at Chamber Dinner on November 15

The Annual Chamber Dinner will be held on Nov. 15th at the VFW. As the Chamber celebrates its 70th year in Lexington, plan to be transported back in time and down memory lane! The evening's theme will showcase people, events and reminiscence about the Chamber since its beginnings in 1948...representing 70 years worth of contributions and volunteerism to help grow Lexington's business community.

The dinner also celebrates this year's accomplishments, future goals, recognition of the businessperson and business of the year and election of new Board members. The dinner will be catered by Riley's and music provided by Kerry Beach. This will be an entertaining evening of fun, memories and fellowship...we'd love your attendance.

Tickets are $25 per person. Social starts at 5:30pm, dinner at 6pm. For information or to RSVP, contact the Chamber by Nov. 9. Advance tickets are available at the Chamber office and, you do not need to be a Chamber member to attend.

Festival of Lights to Make Downtown Glow December 7

Lexington's kickoff to the holiday season, the 19th Annual Chamber Festival of Lights Parade, will wind its way downtown on Friday, December 7. This is a wonderful family event geared towards bringing people together in our historic shopping district.

Besides the parade and downtown shopping, the Lexington Community Fair Board will feature candy cane races, the snowball drop and a fruitcake toss. Performances by Shapes Dance & Acro will also be showcased. Mark your calendars for this holiday extravaganza in Lexington.

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

Starting to make your 2019 marketing plans? Here's an inexpensive idea! 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.

>Has been selected to be involved in a Community Arts Pilot Project, a partnership with the University of Missouri Extension to promote economic development in Lexington through the arts.

Setting Business Growth In Motion.