Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce holds meeting; discusses upcoming events

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce held their monthly meeting at Riverbend Restaurant on Thursday, Aug. 23. Many topics were covered including this possibly being the last year for the park to host the annual Spring River Cleanup, a time change for Spooktacular and upcoming area events.

A discussion about the community wide yard sale followed the July minutes and a financial report. The yard sale will be Oct. 12 through 13. To participate, addresses must be submitted by Sept. 21. The cost is $5 per address. They may be turned in at Mammoth Spring State Park Welcome Center. You may also contact Trena Spears, City of Mammoth Spring or Scott Cecil at thayer-chamber.com.

A new member, Pamís Place, was announced.

Upcoming events in the area were discussed, including the annual car show to be held at Mammoth Spring State Park on Saturday, Sept. 1. This event has doubled in recent years with attendees. In 2014, there were 320 and in 2017, 650 attended the event. It is $5 to just show a car and $25 to have a car judged. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and judging will start at 11 a.m.

This year will be the last year the Mammoth Spring State Park will host the annual Spring River Cleanup. The cleanup will be held Saturday, Sept. 8. Call the Welcome Center in advance to register and reserve a canoe, which will be provided by Many Islands Outfitter for free, at 870-625-7364.

A discussion concerning the time of Spooktacular was addressed. It was decided to move the time from 5 to 8 p.m. to 4 to 7 p.m. A contest to rename the ghoul will also be held.

The chamber discussed their upcoming banquet to be held Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery. The cost will be $15 per person. Dinner will be served, which will consist of smoked chicken and pork, with sides and a drink. The banquet will begin at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

They are seeking entertainment for the event such as a guest speaker, comedian or musicians.

The Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery will host the third annual fishing derby on Saturday, Sept. 22. This yearís event will only consist of derby activities because of the growth of the event and number of participants to volunteer ratio. The first year there were 75 participants and the second year there were 250 and the hatchery is expecting the event to exceed those numbers.

Also, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 will be the Ozarka College Ė Sprint the Spring 5K Run/Walk. It will begin at 9 a.m. Early registration is due by Sept. 21 by 5 p.m. and is $20 and registration the day of the race is $25. Online registration is available at https://runsignup.com/Race/AR/MammothSpring/OzarkaCollegeMammothSpring5K.

Last year there were approximately 50 to 60 participants. The course starts at the Mammoth Spring State Park Welcome Center and continues up and around the park.

For more information, call 870-625-0411 or email jmspurlock@ozarka.edu.

A second movie in the park event will be held Saturday, Sept. 29. There were issues with the sound system at the first one. However, the sound system will be upgraded as they will use the system used by Ozark Gateway. The free movie event will feature The Lion King and begin at 7:30 p.m.

The chamber was informed Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) has granted the first customer in Mammoth Spring of their revolving loan fund. OzSBI would like to trade memberships with the chamber. This request was approved.

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