The Black Gold Walnut Festival was on the minds of the Alton Chamber of Commerce during their meeting Aug. 3 at the VFW Post.
Sherry Fohey said in the last meeting about the festival, those involved were trying to get entertainment and sound equipment. She said it normally costs about $350 to $400 per day to rent sound equipment. For the few hours they need the equipment, Fohey said it was too expensive. However, one chamber member suggested someone who may be able to help and Fohey said she would look into it.
Bikes will also be raffled. The bikes will be sponsored by area businesses. Fohey said there is also a possibility of raffling iPods to older kids.
A walnut baking contest might be a part of the activities during the festival. Items entered into the contest would then be auctioned. Fohey said sometimes the contest fairs well and other times it doesn't. It was suggested during the meeting that all proceeds go toward the scholarship fund. "When doing something for the kids, people support it," Ruth Crider, a chamber member, said.
Fohey said she liked the idea. She also said the festival is in need of volunteers, as well.
The Black Gold Walnut Festival will be Oct. 3. The next meeting about the Black Gold Walnut Festival will be Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. at Christos House. All those interested are welcome to attend.
The meeting time for the Alton Chamber of Commerce has been changed permanently to 6 p.m. every first Monday of the month at the VFW Post.
In other new business, the chamber decided to keep the current chamber officers rather than elect new ones.
The next Alton Chamber of Commerce meeting is scheduled for Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. at the VFW Post. Those interested are welcome to attend.