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MS Chamber says festival went well

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Photo by Emily McIntosh Ken Harper, from Legacy Hospice, spoke to the Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce at the Mammoth Spring State Park Pavillion Sept. 10 about volunteering for end of life care.
The Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce met Sept. 10 at the Mammoth Spring State Park Pavillion and went over how Solemn Old Judge Days fared over the weekend.

Chamber President Glynda Pryor said what the chamber budgeted for R & R Amusement to bring out games and blow-up pens was not enough. The chamber had budgeted $1,000 but when R & R asked for payment, the cost was $1,199. Pryor said the chamber went ahead and paid what was owed. She asked chamber members what they were going to do if something similar happens in the future.

"We'll just be a little more wary next time," Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace said.

Simmons Bank said they would made a donation next year towards the games for the kids.

Chamber members also noted that some of the rented play equipment wasn't used very much.

Pryor said she spoke with at least three merchants who were very pleased on how Solemn Old Judge Days turned out. "Everything that I've heard was positive throughout the whole day (Saturday, Sept. 5)," Pryor said.

One chamber member said she wondered why traffic wasn't blocked during the gunfights. "They (the Fulton County Rangers putting on the gunfight) didn't want it blocked," Mayor Pace said. "'We like having the vehicles,'" Mayor Pace said is what they told her.

Some said music groups were too close together, as well. Some groups were so loud people couldn't hear the group they were listening to.

As for the play, "Reflections of the Spring," on Friday night, Pryor said they started with about 100 people then people started slowly leaving as the rain got worse. "We had a few stick it out with us, and they were about as wet as we where," Pryor said.

The car show had about 40 entries, Pryor said. "With all the income and expenses, we came out $81 ahead," Pryor said.

Despite some setbacks, Pryor said, "I think it went well."

Pryor and Rose Pierce met with the Thayer Chamber of Commerce Sept. 2 to ask them whether or not they wanted to participate in the business directory. Pryor said they seemed open to the idea.

Pryor said cookbook sales at the Old Soldiers' Reunion went well. The chamber sold about 90 cookbooks.

In new business, Spooktacular is coming up Oct. 31. Stephanie Pierce said she will be on the radio and at the schools to advertise for the event. Ways to get more help with the spook house were also discussed.

"Holiday House Tour is coming along," Pryor said. She met with the Thayer Chamber of Commerce to get one more house on the list. The tour is scheduled for Dec. 6. They will start selling tickets Nov. 1. Tickets will cost $6 for one town and $10 for both Mammoth Spring and Thayer. All proceeds go towards Shop With a Cop.

Ken Harper, a guest speaker with Legacy Hospice, spoke with the chamber about hospice care and volunteering with end of life care.

Pierce gave the financial report. She said the chamber currently has $926.58 in outstanding checks. The balance is $3,706.80.

The next Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce meeting is scheduled for Oct. 8 at noon at the Dawg House. Interested persons are welcome to attend.

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