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Chamber Corner June 2017

Planning Begins for Apples Arts & Antiques 2017

Summer has barely started but planning is already underway for this year's Apples Arts & Antiques to be held on September 23rd.

This year's festival marks the 20th anniversary of this annual Lexington event. Apples Arts & Antiques planning team members include KC Girtch, Marsha Corbin, Gary Worth, Liz Fenner, Valoree Maycock, Christal Milligan, Christina Caldwell, Debbie Bagley and Penny Grosso.

In general, this year's festival will be a one-day, Saturday-only event on September 23. Combining all events into one day offers more opportunity for a larger festival with more activity.

Building on past successes, apple-themed food will be offered to attendees all day. A new event last year, scarecrow building, will again be on the calendar this year. Plans are being made for afternoon live music and invitations have already been sent to street vendors. There was discussion about continuing the 5K race and wine stroll however, more information is needed. We will likely reach out beyond the local region to market the event.

Currently, the plan is to hold the Chamber's Annual Apple Auction again this year at The LEX on September 21st.

Liz Fenner, a representative of the Lexington Arts Council, reported that this year's Art Show will be exhibited at The LEX, and that entry forms and online registration are nearly completed. The Art Show will be on display September 21-23.

There was discussion around a possible new event, a "flea-market flip" involving a contest to repurpose, recycle or upcycle an item. Winners of this event will earn cash prizes.

Finally, everyone agreed that as a celebration spanning 20 years, Apples Arts & Antiques should be promoted as a long-running, time-tested festival that is worth attending. Planning is still in the very early stages, but much of the infrastructure from last year is already in place so the focus can be on building the event to make it bigger and better.

New & Renewed Chamber Members. Thank You!

Adkins Auction & Riverview Realty
Pat’s Army and Sporting Goods
Within Reason
Rustie Lynn

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