By Jeffra DeViney
DeQuincy Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors met on Thursday, Oct. 10, for their regularly scheduled meeting at the Heritage Hotel meeting room. Host for the meeting was The Pentecostal Church of DeQuincy.
A recap of the Fish Fry Auction Benefit event was given. Josh Foster, President, thanked all who contributed their time and resources, donations and sponsorships to make this event a huge success.
A re-drawing for the benefit gun raffle was held due to ineligibility of a formerly drawn name. The new winner is Billy Glasspool. He will be required to go to Nichols and fill out the necessary paperwork, required by law to receive the riffle.
The KCS Christmas Train will be coming to town on Friday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. Additionally, the Chamber’s Christmas Parade is slated for Saturday, Dec. 7, with line-up at Nichols at 9 a.m. and starting at 10 a.m. It will end at the Railroad Museum Park.
The Chamber is sponsoring booth spaces to vendors that will set up for the two days, Dec. 6 and 7, to support these events.
The theme for the parade this year is “A Railroad Town Christmas.” To enter the parade or reserve a booth space call the Chamber office at 786-6451.
Christmas t-shirts are being pre-sold now until Friday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m., to businesses and individuals in salute of our railroad heritage. For order forms, call 337-912-5063 or drop by DeQuincy News to make an order.
Plans were made by the Chamber to host a candy booth and participate in the upcoming Fall Fest, sponsored by DeQuincy City Police and City of DeQuincy on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m. at the DeQuincy Walking Path.
Lillian Karr announced that she has sold her house in DeQuincy but wants to assure everyone that she is not retiring and will remain the Chamber Manager.
Outdoor Christmas Cards at the DeQuincy Railroad Park, are available for renewed sponsorship for $25; new sponsors will pay a first time fee of $100. Anyone interested should call the Chamber office.
The Chamber voted to donate $500 toward the landscaping of the Veterans Memorial Park, as well as to give a $1,000 Scholarship to a DeQuincy High School graduate who is pursuing a career in Business.
Dewith Carrier, candidate for State Representative District 32, was a guest and addressed the group about his bid for election. Lillian Karr encouraged everyone to get out and vote in the Oct. 12th election.
Darlene Hooker announced that the 10th Annual Holy Smoke Cook-off & Praise Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26.