THAYER -- Thayer Chamber of Commerce Vice President Ron Cornelius said last week the recent Fall Festival held in downtown Thayer was a huge success.
"We had more people attend this year's Fall Festival than any other year. We (the chamber) were pleased," he said.
Cornelius said the chamber tried a new approach to getting classes at Thayer Schools involved in the festival.
"We had all the classes that participated in the festival, with a booth or whatever kind of project, register the students in their class that attended the festival," he said.
The Thayer freshman class registered 33 students. All the classes at the school registered 160 students total. Cornelius said the chamber will present the freshmen class $100. He said the chamber may include the class registration project at Fall Festivals in the future.
Cornelius also commented on the success of the Tourist Information Center and Railroad Museum.
He said the tourist information center recorded its highest number of visitors in June, the first month it was open, with 416 visitors.
"In July 349 people came to the center; August, 235; and September 309," he said. A total of 1,309 people have visited the center so far this year.
The Thayer Tourist Information Center and Railroad Museum is located next to Thayer McDonalds and was funded through a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Thayer Chamber of Commerce and the City of Thayer.
Cornelius said the center has been a success. It will close near Thanksgiving for the winter months and re-open in March.
Cornelius said the chamber invites the community to contribute to the center and museum by loaning any railroad memorabilia to the center.
He said the chamber is always looking for new members. "The Thayer Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization geared toward promoting businesses and tourists in our area. We welcome any ideas community members may have," he said.
The chamber meets every Wednesday at noon at the Warm Fork Restaurant. Once a month the chamber has a guest speaker at their meeting.
"One of our largest fundraisers all year is the Independence Day celebration held annually at the Thayer Football Field," Cornelius said. He said the event brings 7,000 to 10,000 people to the community every year.
"We are currently working on the Thayer Christmas Parade. It will be the first Saturday in December, Dec. 4. This year theme is 'Christmas Festival,'" he said.
He said anyone or business interested in becoming a chamber member can call the chamber office at 417-264-7324 for more information.