Chamber Chat - 8-2-13

Chamber Office Closed

The Chamber office will be closed August 5-9. I will be back in the office Monday, August 12th.

Adopt a Classroom

The Beloit Business Committee (BBC) is still accepting Beloit area businesses to "adopt" an elementary classroom at BES or St. Johns. The BBC will work with the area businesses to match a business with a classroom. The teachers are making their "needs list" of 10-12 items that can purchased locally. With budget cuts, the hope is to help each teacher and classroom fill a void. Now we need your help to "adopt" an elementary classroom to fill the lists. For more information you can contact Janet Remus, Super 8, at 738-8592.

Tipton Picnic Set For August 2nd & 3rd

Celebrate the 67th Annual Tipton Picnic on Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd.

Friday, August 2, 2013
Alumni and Friends Celebration
All Alumni and Friends are invited to attend
8:15 pm in the Park 
Opening Prayer
Great Entertainment by our dancers. 
Introduction of Classes Celebrating 
Special Anniversaries
10 pm Last Man Standing Drawing
Saturday, August 3, 2013
7:30 am Picnic Fun Walk - Run
8:30 am Kids Race
8:00 a.m. Softball, Washer Board and Horseshoe Tournaments begin
9:30 am Thunder in the Hills - Bike Rally
4:00 p.m. Mass-St. Boniface Church
5:00 p.m. Fried Chicken/Roast Beef Dinner
6:00 p.m. Auction
7:00 p.m. Bingo
9:00pm (tentative "67 Mustang will be Auctioned
11:30 p.m. Cash and Prizes Drawing

For a more information, log on to www.tiptonschools.com.

2013 Mitchell County Fair

Thursday, August 8th - Saturday August 10th

Monday August 5th - First Christian Church
9:00am Judging of 4-H Foods & Arts & Crafts
9am-12pm Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Judging Contest
10am 4-H Bake Sale in First Christian Church Lobby

Tuesday, August 6th - Fairgrounds
8:30am Pet Show
9am Dog Show

Wednesday, August 7th - Fairgrounds
9am Horse Show
6pm-8pm ALL livestock will be checked in
6pm-8pm Open class entries may be entered

Thursday, August 8th
8am-10:30am Enter all other 4-H and open class exhibits, except for livestock
10am Judging of 4-H and Open Class Poultry and Rabbits
10am Judging of 4-H Photography
10:30am Judging of Bucket Calves
11am Judging of 4-H Crops, Garden & Flowers; Rocketry; Posters Notebooks, Displays & Club Food Booths
11:30am Judging of 4-H Woodworking, Electric, Welding & Entomology
1pm Judging of Open Class Foods, Clothing Needlework, Flowers & Art
2:30pm Judging of Open Class Crops & Garden
3pm Judging of Open Class Photography
6pm Judging of Beef
6pm Creature Feature presented by KS Wildlife & Parks
6pm-9pm Ident-A-Kid with the Mitchell County Sheriff's Dept
6pm-10pm Lewellen Amusements - Arm Band Night
6:30pm Free Entertainment - Angela Waters
7pm Free Entertainment - Straytline
7pm Kid's Rodeo & Mutton Bustin' (Admission $3, Under 12 FREE)
8pm Free Entertainment - Christy (Campbell) Miller
8:45pm Free Entertainment - Frances McCune

Friday, August 9th
9am Judging of Swine ½ hour after Swine Show Competition
Judging of Sheep & Goats
5:30pm Kids' Money Scramble - Hog/Sheep Arena - Ages 4 & Under; 5-8; 9-12
6pm-9pm Farm Bureau Annual Watermelon Feed
6pm-10pm Lewellen Amusements - Arm Band Night
6pm Free Entertainment - Julie Wendell
7pm Free Entertainment - Amanda Henke
7pm ¾ Midget Racing (Admission Adults $8; 6-12 $4; 0-5 FREE)
7:30pm Free Entertainment - Tae Kwan Do
8:15pm Free Entertainment - Prairie School Dancers
8:30pm Free Entertainment - Rising Starz Dance Studio

Saturday, August 10th
9am Round Robin
5pm Livestock Sale
5pm Demonstration of glass plat photography (in Quonset)
5:30pm Free Entertainment - Talking Tombstone
6pm Free Entertainment - Finney Family Orchestra
6pm-10pm Lewellen Amusements - Arm Band Night
7pm CARES Inc Dog Obedience Demonstration
7pm Demolition Derby (Admission Adults $8; 6-12 $5; 5 & under FREE)
7:45pm Free Entertainment - Concordia Gymnastics Club
8:30pm Free Entertainment - Vetter Family Music
9pm Free Entertainment - Gabby Smith

Mitchell County Community Food Drive
For: Mitchell County Food Pantry AND Solomon Valley Humane Society
Wed.- AUGUST 7TH, 4 TO 6PM
FOOD PANTRY ITEMS APPRECIATED: Canned fruits, Canned green beans, corn, peas, tomato's; canned meats, juice, dry pasta, pasta sauce, hamburger helper, ramen noodles, household paper products(i.e. toilet tissue) Laundry Soap(this item is needed badly, special request)
(mac n cheese not needed at this time)
HUMANE SOCIETY ITEMS APPRECIATED: Dry Dog/puppy Food, Dry Cat/kitten Food
Please bring your items to the Lil Red Schoolhouse Roadside Park on August 7th. A collection spot will be set up to collect donations. Please check expiration dates on all food items. Monetary donations are appreciated also. 
This food drive is sponsored by: The Solomon Valley Farmers Market Members of Mitchell County in cooperation with the Beloit Ministerial Association, Beloit Food Pantry and S.V. Humane Society volunteers.

If unable to bring your items this day, a collection spot will be set up at the Mitchell County Fair facilities Thurs-Sat. August 8th-10th. Any questions Call Mardy @ 738-0128

Mitchell County Historical Society

Kyle Peterson will give a presentation about early plate photography in conjunction with the Mitchell County Museum Fair display "What Eva Saw."
A look at early day Mitchell County through the eyes of an amateur woman photographer, who used a glass plate camera.
Saturday, August 10th At 5pm in the Quonset building.

Also taking place will be Farm Family in Kansas, Traveling Resource Trunk.
You will be able to examine life on a Kansas farm in the late 1800s with this trunk.  Activities in the trunk explore farm work, the impact of the environment on farming in Kansas, and the entertainment and recreation enjoyed by Kansas farm families.  Numerous tools and photographs help students learn about this important part of Kansas history as they are introduced to life before electricity, automobiles, and the widespread use of commercially processed food.
You can explore the role of men, women and children on the farm through the use of primary sources and hands-on exploration.  Letters, journal entries and photographs introduce you to real Kansas settlers.  Objects in the trunk provide an opportunity to peel an apple, pit a cherry, grind coffee, and more.  Power point presentations show how to churn butter and husk corn.
This will take place each night from 5pm-9pm in the Quonset building.

Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting

The Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting for Gray Drug & Fountain will take place on Wednesday, August 14th at 10:30am.
Your pharmacist is a vital part of your healthcare team and Pat Gray wants to be the pharmacist you turn to for fast, friendly, and knowledgeable service. Pat will work closely with your physician to take care of all of your healthcare needs. As a registered nurse Lindsay offers added healthcare support. Linger a spell at the soda fountain and enjoy ice cream, smoothies, cappuccinos, coffee, tea, and fresh pastries. Gray Drug and Fountain blends a relaxed vintage atmosphere with modern conveniences....Free WiFi and TV....a modern social gathering hub! Stop in and see us at the corner of Main and Mill downtown Beloit!
Hours are 8am-6pm Mon-Fri and 9am-1pm on Sat.

Specials for the week!

Monday, August 12th half price shakes
Tuesday, August 13th dollar hickeys
Grand Opening and RIbbon Cutting- Wednesday, August 14th $.50 cent green rivers
Thursday, August 15th $.50 cent scoops of ice cream
Friday, August 16th $1.00 limeades

All week long August 12th thru August 17th, free soda or coffee with prescription pickup.

Noteworthy News

The Chamber wants to help spread the word about your business. "Noteworthy News" is your opportunity to do just that. It's a great way to inform other Chamber members about anything that's new within your organization. Fill us in on what's happening from staff changes to a new product or service. Send it to beloitchamber@nckcn.com by Thursday afternoons and I will include it in Chamber Chat!

Calendar of Events

Friday-Saturday, August 2nd & 3rd - Tipton Picnic
Monday, August 5th - 7pm - Mitchell County Fair Board - Guaranty State Bank
Monday-Tuesday, August 5th & 6th - 5pm-7pm - St. John's Enrollment
Tuesday, August 6th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Thursday, August 8th - Noon - Mitchell County Historical Society - Plum Creek
Thursday-Saturday, August 8-10 - Mitchell County Fair
Tuesday, August 13th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Wednesday, August 14th - 10:30am - Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting - Gray Drug & Fountain
Thursday, August 15th - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Thursday, August 15th - 12:30pm - SVED - North Central Regional Planning
Tuesday, August 20th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Wednesday, August 21st - 9:30am - Ministerial Alliance
Thursday, August 22nd - Noon - Mitchell County Historical Society - Plum Creek
Tuesday, August 27th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House

Solomon Valley Farmer's Market Every Wednesday until Labor Day - 4pm-6pm - Roadside Park

At any time, please feel free to stop by the Chamber office at 123 N Mill St. or call me at 738-2717.


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