It was another terrific night at Trackers Lodge for this year's HamCo Food & Brew Fest!
Thank you to our sponsors: DANA Communications, Trackers Lodge, Peoples National Bank, Hamilton Memorial Hospital, Sea Service Family Consulting, Banterra Bank, The Liquor Hut, Fred Vallowe - McLeansboro City Clerk and CounterTop Creations. Your kind sponsorships made this awesome event happen! Thank you again to all who attended and took the time to learn about all the good food and brews in our area!
The competition was fierce in both the Food and Brew categories. We saw some returning restaurants, as well as some new faces. And the offerings were diverse—everything from BBQ (Lil Buddies BBQ) to traditional American (Foxy, Gottzz's, and Huck's), Tex-Mex (Guero's), Upscale offerings (Rend Lake College Culinary Arts), Pasture-Raised Meats (Gage Agricultural Designs), with Appetizers and sweet Desserts (Alicia's Sweets, Dairy Queen, and Carbon Forge Design) to cap it all off.
The Brews were also outstanding, with something for everyone (but minors of course). From lighter Ales to Stouts, from Hefeweizens to IPAs--and some Ciders to sweeten things a bit.
And although the vote count was very tight in both categories, here is how the voting shook out:
1st Place: Foxy (McLeansboro)
2nd Place: Guero's Mexican Restaurant (Mt. Vernon)
3rd Place: Gage Agricultural Designs (Dahlgren)
1st Place: Lois Van Winkle
2nd Place: Kevin Braden & Brad Grubb
3rd Place: Danny Hopfinger
Below are our winners, as well as, pictures of SOME of our vendors and door prize winners.
We had a wonderful Annual Dinner this past Saturday night, February 2nd. Thank you to everyone who attended. Congratulations to our Ted Satterfield Award recipient - Nolene Rubenacker. Also, congratulations to our Civic Group of the Year recipient - Tree of Lights.
The Chamber continued their tradition of a social hour that included hor d'oeuvres, beer and wine. Thank you to our Social Hour Sponsor - The Liquor Hut. Back again by popular demand was our Hidden Gems jewelry event, sponsored by Irvin's Jewelry. Thank you to our Silent Auction donors for all the special items. And a special thanks to the Special Events committee for all your hard work and planning to provide such a nice evening. Entertainment this evening was provided by Chris Egleston.
On January 22nd, the Chamber held it's first breakfast meeting. Our speaker was Tyler Feller. Tyler has many years of experience in digital marketing and shared some of his tips and tricks for email marketing to your customers. Breakfast was catered by chamber member, Hamson's Trading Post.
Our chamber held it's 3rd annual trivia night on Friday, November 2, 2018. We had a great turnout of participants, wonderful food and fun times. Thank you to everyone who came out to support our chamber and local business community.
We want to give a huge shout out to the businesses who contributed to our Silent Auction and also the participants who participated by bidding on and purchasing these great items.
On Wednesday, the Chamber held another great quarterly luncheon. A special thanks to TRADE Industries (for sponsoring the lunch), Foxy (for providing first-rate food), and Nick Burke--for offering an excellent primer on using social media for marketing.
What a fantastic Annual Dinner on Saturday, February 4th. Thank you to everyone who attended. The Chamber stepped up their game this year and brought some new things to the event including a social hour, a Hidden Gems jewelry event and a Silent Auction. Thank you to all of our silent auction donors and Irvin's Jewelry for sponsoring Hidden Gems. And a special thanks to the Special Events committee for all your hard work and planning to provide such a nice evening.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! What a successful trivia night. We had nine trivia teams participate, lots of great food, and a wonderful silent auction event. Congratulations to the winning team - the McLeansboro City Clerk's team on being the trivia buffs for the evening.
Thank you to the participants and all the donors. The Chamber has great plans for 2017 and these funds will help us get some great things accomplished.
nother great Chamber lunch yesterday. Thanks to our lunch sponsor - Deep South, who also catered today's lunch. They shared with us their lunch and catering menu options, as well as, talked about how you can rent out their facility Sunday - Wednesday for private parties. Our presentation was on the Shop Local Punch Card Program, which will be rolling out November 1st. Be watching for punch cards available at the check out counters of your favorite local businesses. If you want to be a participating business or get involved in the chamber, let us know! You can pm us or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy schedule today to attend our luncheon!
On September 14th, we had a great time at our Business After Hours event at Tom's Priced Right Foods. We learned so much valuable information about what Tom's Priced Right Foods & Ace Hardware has to offer. Did you know they offer Senior and Military Discounts on certain days of the week? Or that they will open the store outside of regular business hours in case of emergencies? Double coupons on Fridays? Party trays?
They will work with you to accommodate most of the things you might typically go to a big box store for. It pays to shop local! If you haven't tried Tom's Priced Right Foods & Ace Hardware...we recommend you do.
Thanks to everyone who attended!
We had a great visit from our State Treasurer, Michael Frerichs.
He educated us on several programs his office is responsible for including: the Ag Invest Program, the College Savings Program, the ICash program, and the Illinois Growth and Innovation Fund. Mr. Frerichs also briefly discussed two new programs they are developing including one called ABLE Accounts that allows parents of disabled children to save tax-free dollars to help provide care for their children later in life and also a retirement fund called Secure Choice, which makes it easier for people to save for retirement with automatic payroll deductions. For more information on how these programs can help you, visit http://www.illinoistreasurer.gov.
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