Washburn Hootenanny scheduled

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Washburn Hootenanny all-day live music event will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 on the grounds behind the Washburn Post Office. Plans for the Hootenanny were at the top of the discussion, led by chamber president, Steve Hodgin, at the Washburn Area Chamber meeting. The chamber had elected to continue this popular community event after Washburn Community Center discontinued organizing it two years ago.

Chamber meetings are now being held at a new location, the Purple Cow Flea Market on Hwy. 37 in Washburn on the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m.

The hootenanny will be an all day event with craft booths managed by Ann Burbage.

"Ann manages the craft fairs at the Frisco Station at Rogers, Ark., and we are working with her to handle the booths available for crafters during the hootenanny," said Hodgin. Booths will cost $30 for the event. The chamber will also be selling hamburgers and hotdogs and will have live music slated for the entire event.

Hodgin also led discussion about the chamber's ongoing promotional effort, which is already being implemented at area member businesses. Television monitors installed in the area businesses that display ads for chamber members has been helpful, and he would like to see an expansion of the idea.

"We have screens at Trojan's PQ Mart, Country Package, Eagan's Supply and Purple Cow Flea Market," Hodgin said. "We have one more screen to place." said Hodgin.

Hodgin said he would like to see other area chambers promote their businesses with the television screen ads and build a network of sharing ads so that all area business advertising could be expanded. "People like to buy from people they know, and this helps people get to know the business around them," he said.

Other chamber business included discussion of the need for a new treasurer to replace the previous one who now lives out of area.

For booth rental, call Burbage at 479-872-9917.

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