Chamber entering busy time of year
Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce is entering its busiest time of the year with a number of events coming up between now and Christmas, according to Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Judy Martens.
Entries are beginning to come in for Kerr Lake Bassnanza, which is being held Nov. 4. Entry forms are still available and ready at the chamber office, Martens said, along with copies of rules and regulations. The entry fee is $150 per boat and $25 per boat for the big bass entry.
The Veteran's Day Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m., Nov. 11, on the lawn in front of the Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library. Sponsored by the chamber, the ceremony honors and recognizes area veterans from all branches of the service.
The featured speaker for the Veteran's Day Ceremony is Daren Fowler with the U.S. Attorney's office in Fort Smith.
Frank Sullivan III will serve as master of ceremonies and Mike Mouzakis, commander of Carnie Welch Post 27 will do introductions of dignataries and introduce the speaker.
Melanie Drummond will perform the Star Spangled Banner and Pastor Justin Haywood will give the opening and closing prayers. Holly Bormann will perform a musical selection and Judy Bidd will lay the wreath on the veteran's monument. Trevor Gray will play taps at the end of the ceremony.
Martens said the annual Merchant's Open House is Nov. 12. This event will feature merchants in the community opening their doors with plenty of holiday sales and new items on display. Shoppers will have an opportunity to win a $100 chamber check by registering at the chamber office. For every $10 spent, customers can enter one time.
Shop Sallisaw Campaign kicks off Nov. 15 where shoppers can win cash prizes by shopping at all participating chamber of commerce member locations and receiving a ticket on all purchases. The chamber will have a drawing for the winners, so customers should hold on to their tickets, Martens said.
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting starts at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 on the lawn of the Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library. Martens said the chamber will serve hot chocolate and cookies as in the past, but something new has been added this year. During Santa's visit that night, instead of handing out candy canes as in the past, Santa will be handing out bags of goodies to the kids.
Nov. 18 marks the chamber's biggest fundraiser of the year – Evviva, which features plenty of fun, food and fellowship, plus a great auction, Martens said. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Cherokee Casino and Hotel in Roland this year.
Forms for the Christmas Parade and the Storefront Decorating Contest will be ready on Nov. 27 at the chamber office. The theme for the Christmas Parade this year is Story Book Christmas. Martens said entries can theme their floats after any Christmas time story book. Trophies are awarded to businesses in three districts in the storefront decorating contest.
More detailed information will be forthcoming as these events draw closer and more information on December events will be covered in a coming issue of Your TIMES.