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Chamber Corner July 2019

Chamber Rolls Out Plans, Website for 2019 Old West OctoberFest

Get ready to experience the Old West in downtown Lexington! All the pieces are coming together for this year’s Old West OctoberFest event on October 5th, from 9am to 11pm.

The festival is now a one-day event with extended hours. This gives vendors a full day of displaying and selling, gives visitors more time for festival attractions and extends evening time for the live music and beer garden.

The festival kicks off with the Annual Scarecrow Contest. These creative entries will adorn the downtown from September 21 through October 14. Cash prizes awarded in each of three categories.

Many of last year’s attractions will return including cowboy re-enactors roaming the streets throughout the day, mechanical bull rides, an all-day street beer garden, afternoon craft beer tasting, live music, pony rides food items, historic trolley tours, street vendors and seasonal decorations. The cowboys are in full authentic costume and will entertain with shootouts, robberies and rope tricks. Kids will love this!

Once again, the Lexington Arts Council will be hosting the annual Fine Art & Photography Show at The LEX. This popular event is a judged show with cash prizes. The show runs October 3 - 5.

Lexington and the area is the largest apple-producing region in the state so you’ll be able to purchase apples from our local orchards. The Chamber also celebrates the apple season by taking competitive bids for the “Best of the Best” at the annual Apple Auction fundraiser on Friday evening, October 4th at the P&H Center. More details to follow.

While Old West OctoberFest planning is still underway, our website is now live with basic information, tentative schedule and downloadable forms for vendor applications, Art & Photography Show entry forms and Scarecrow Contest entry rules and entry form. Visit the website at http://octoberfest.historiclexington.com. Check back often, more info will be added.

Changing interests and tastes dictate future directions and the Chamber worked hard building a solid base for last year’s Old West OctoberFest. Making adjustments to the festival can only make it better. We can’t wait for this year’s event, and the Old West transformation of Main Street!

The Power of Positive

“Don’t wait for things to happen. Make them happen.”
― Roy Bennett

It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing the sky is falling. Daily headlines, squawking social media and the constantly changing world can create a false sense of hopelessness. In reality, the sky’s the limit!

Recent developments in Lexington might seem to make us appear less than we are, but consider this:

- Change is not necessarily a negative. Lexington’s real estate market is booming and bringing in new people with new ideas and possibilities. Our business community continues to grow; commercial properties continue to be purchased and renovated. Community groups are hard at work with eyes to the future. Compared to other small towns, there is amazing expansion and creativity happening all around us.

- A strong community demands engagement by all; it cannot be a spectator sport. Everyone has opinions but only those that dig in will make a visible and positive difference.

- We can embrace the past but also must realize that our future will depend on our willingness to use change to our advantage.

Get involved! Visit a local business. Meet your new neighbors. Volunteer. Make something happen. Lexington is a great place full of yet-to-realized opportunity. Seek out what’s good, help change what’s not, and work to make everything even better.

REAL ID Available at License Offices Now

A reminder that the Lexington and Richmond license offices are now set up for REAL ID. Beginning October 1, 2020, residents of every U.S. state and territory will be required to present a REAL ID-compliant driver license or ID card, or another form of ID accepted by the Transportation Security Administration, to board federally regulated domestic flights.

Also beginning October 1, 2020, individuals must present a REAL ID-compliant driver license or ID card, or another form of acceptable ID, to access federal facilities, including military bases and federal courthouses, and to enter nuclear power plants.

Current Missouri-issued license or ID card provides the same access as a REAL ID-compliant license or ID until October 1, 2020.

The state has set up a helpful interactive website to assist you with documents are acceptable to obtain your REAL ID at the link below:

https://dor.mo.gov/drivers/real-id-guide/

Chamber Spotlight: The Heist

Opened in 2018, The Heist is a local pub located at 827 Main Street. The historic 1850 building was originally a bank, infamous in that it was robbed by the James Gang. The intimate space has been completely renovated and it is a great place to gather for drinks and occasionally, live music.

The Heist features specialty cocktails based on the them of the bar including "Bag the Money", "Bloodshed", and "Hit the Floor". You'll also find a full selection of beer and wine.

Give them a call at 660) 259-2692 or check out Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pg/The-Heist-445146919238738/about/?ref=page_internal

New and Renewed Members

Lexington Rotary
Missouri Valley Community Action Agency
Nadler’s Meats & Catering
Nerd’s Hardware
The LEX

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.

Join or Renew your Chamber Membership

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.

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 and 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

Lexington in Fact

>Has the largest number of antebellum homes per capita in the State of Missouri.

> Was home to William B. Waddell, partner in Russell, Majors and Waddell, founder of the Pony Express

Setting Business Growth In Motion.