Mammoth Spring Chamber discusses upcoming events
Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce discussed upcoming events and a current fundraising project during their regular monthly meeting held at Penny Loafers in Mammoth Spring on Thursday, July 15.
Members gave updates on their businesses. Penny with Penny Loafers informed in a few weeks, the restaurant may change their morning hours to 10 a.m. because breakfast has slowed down some. She stated other than that, business has been wonderful. They are open on Sundays through the month of July to see how business is on those days.
They are also working on improving the condition of the sidewalk.
Mammoth Spring High School Principal Mary Holland discussed preparations for the upcoming school year including high school bathroom renovations. She announced open house will be held Tuesday, Aug. 17 and school will start on Thursday, Aug. 19.
Mammoth Spring State Park Welcome Center Manager Mike Franklin announced they have hired a travel consultant. Last month the center had a record month in retail sales in the history of the park
Sara Seagraves with Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery announced the reopening of the hatchery and aquarium to the public. There will be limited numbers of people allowed in at one time. “Even though the state is opened up 100 percent, we still have to follow federal guidelines,” said Seagraves. The aquarium will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“We are excited to finally be back open. Our next big event will not be until September,” said Seagraves, stating they will be hosting their fishing derby in correlation with Spring River Fest.
The hatchery has hired a new outreach biologist, Rick Peak.
Chancey with Blooms by Chancy said The Basement opening has been delayed but hopes it will be opened by the end of the month. It will be an escape room and feature games including pool, a giant Jinga, mystery solving games, a panic box, as well as refreshments and snacks to purchase. Hours and prices have yet to be determined.
Rachel Collins with Community First Banking announced they are featuring a special on vehicle loans. She stated if you are seeking to purchase or refinance a vehicle and the rate is over four percent to check it out.
Mammoth Spring Assistant Superintendent Adam Davis stated several events have been approved to be held at the park including the annual antique car show and the annual 5K.
Palace Drug Store is offering COVID-19 vaccines by appointment. They have started the process of ordering flu vaccines.
Business at Pam’s Place varies with sales up the week before the meeting but down the week of.
It was announced Glynda Pryor, former Mammoth Spring State Park Assistant Superintendent, recently passed away.
In old business, cameras for Mammoth Spring City Park were installed on Monday. These will also record audio. These have been installed due to previous vandalism at the park.
Site preparation is underway for the senior center. There are plans to begin construction soon.
A discussion followed for ideas on finishing the painting of the light poles. A volunteer day was suggested for this project.
Tickets for the spoon fundraiser are being sold. There are 10 sets of spoons. There will be 10 drawings, one for each set. It is $1 for each ticket or six tickets for $5. The spoons were made from Mammoth Spring’s 2020 Christmas tree, which was a Virginia pine. It was purchased from Hollis Tree Farm in Lanton and school students decorated it. A booth will be set up at least one night at the Old Soldiers Reunion.
Brandon Mathews with CREATE Bridges discussed CREATE Projects, which will provide opportunities for businesses and organizations in Fulton, Izard and Sharp counties in Arkansas to help turn ideas in to actions through a grant.
The CREATE Bridges workforce training program will begin in August and will be available in English and Spanish. The first 200 enrolled students that complete the training will receive a $150 VISA card in addition to certification of having essential skills that have been referred to soft skills in the past. These include customer service, hospitality training, marketing technology tools, basic tourism information, etc.
Mammoth Spring Cheerleader Coach Nicollette May addressed the chamber about suggestions of community projects for the cheer team to participate in.
Davis and Spears addressed the budget for the upcoming antique car show. A budget of $1,500 was approved. The event sponsor is O’Reilly Auto Parts. T-shirts for the event will be available.
Dan Grant with VFW Post 7831 discussed planning for the Old Soldier’s Reunion. Armbands for rides will be available for $20 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Tickets will be available for Friday and Saturday.
Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce meets the second Thursday of the month at 12 noon.