Chamber plans for summer
By Hank Lohmeyer
Published Thursday, April 14, 2016 8:05 am
Upcoming promotional events were on the agenda for the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors at its April 6 monthly meeting.
Included in the discussion was an after-Memorial Day date for the community street fair, Celebrate Cedaredge, and a presentation on a possible stop in town by the Colorado Grand auto tour.
Early planning for Celebrate Cedaredge this year had encountered scheduling difficulties. Some people had wanted it to coincide with the annual Pioneer Town Heritage Days on Memorial Day weekend. But the date was already crowded with the Western Slope Little Britches Rodeo, which has been rescheduled for that weekend. The chamber considered an earlier May date for Celebrate Cedaredge but is now focusing on Saturday, June 4.
Memorial Day weekend is shaping up to be a big one in Cedaredge this year. Pioneer Town will host its popular annual opening event -- Heritage Days. There will also be four performances of the Western Slope Little Britches Rodeo taking place at the Surface Creek Saddle Club arena. And the chamber is working to try to organize a street dance as a downtown showcase event during the weekend also.
Two guests were at the meeting to gauge the chamber board's feelings on having the Colorado Grand auto tour make a "pit stop" in Cedaredge during this year's rally. Details are sketchy, explained Ron Austin and Bob Johnson, who are trying to facilitate arrangements. A stop would include a display of the expensive collector cars at some venue in town. There hasn't been a definite decision yet from the Colorado Grand organization on whether a Cedaredge stop will occur.
The vintage autos of the Colorado Grand tour have passed through town on Grand Mesa Drive in previous years, the board was told.
The chamber board also discussed other business:
• The American Legion in cooperation with the Lions Club and chamber is planning a patriotic parade and Town Park cookout on July 2. The Legion Post has promised more details will be released soon.
• A complete rewrite of the chamber by-laws was distributed to board members for review.
• A field of applicants for a new chamber office manager will be narrowed to three finalists for interviews.
• Plans are already in the making for AppleFest and the Golden Gala.