Through various exercises, Marketing Hometown America, DTR study and the Save Your.Town conversation, the regular topic of a centralized calendar was always brought up. With the research help of Deb Robertson, librarian @ Kilgore Memorial Library, as well as York County Development, York County Visitors Bureau and York Chamber underwriting the fee associated with it, we have one!

Since the month of April, a committee has been working on the logistics and we have been slowly rolling out the calendar to our boards. After receiving end user feedback, we are ready to share with York County….ONE COUNTY, ONE CALENDAR!!

This calendar will show events from all around York County! York and Henderson Chambers as well as YCDC and the Visitors Bureau have embedded this calendar on our websites and we encourage you to continue to utilize our pages as a solid resource.

In addition, you may use the Team Up App and set the URL associated with York so you are able to conveniently access the calendar on your phone on the go. The Team Up App is available on iTunes or Google Play. Deb Robertson has put together a web page to assist you with getting the York URL set in your app. This link will take you to the instructions: http://libraries.ne.gov/york/one-county-one-calendar/

I would like to thank Deb Robertson for all of her initial research and being the point of contact between the committee and the calendar developer. We all appreciate her work on this. In addition, I would like to thank York County Development Corporation and York County Visitors Bureau for their willingness to share the cost with the York Chamber of Commerce. Our organizations believe in a united York County and we did not want the cost to be a deterrent for the smaller communities to participate.

York’s Farmers Market starts in just two short weeks. Thursday, June 6 will be the first market of the season. This year, the Farmers Market will run thru September 26. Vendor registrations have been coming in on a regular basis. Getting the market off to a good start will be York State Bank who will be handing out hotdogs to everyone in attendance. In addition, the Cancer Plus Support group will be serving cake and sharing inforamtion about the Relay for Life rally that will take place this weekend. As a reminder, the Farmers Market will be held on the South Lawn at Kilgore Memorial Library (5th and Nebraska). Here is a list of the vendors that will be at the June 6 Market: 56 Studio, Blue Valley Fruits & Veggies, Cancer Plus Support Group, Central Nebraska Buffalo LLC, Crossroads Riders #262, Judy Reinke, Kelsey Layman, Kennelwood Farms, McLean Beef, Ratzlaff Soybean Mulch, Sautterbaum Catering, Wanda’s Kitchen and York State Bank. This list is sure to grow. There are several that have picked up registrations that have not yet returned them.

I cannot believe that we are up to Memorial Weekend already! This time is always our cue to get Firecracker Frenzy donation boxes out. We will be distributing donation boxes to various locations around York. To date, donation box locations are: Chamber Office, Chances R, Eakes Office, Farmer’s Co-op, Ginny’s Hallmark, Holiday Inn, Senior Center, and Urgent Care. In addition to the donation boxes, The Chamber will be holding a raffle to help raise funds for Firecracker Frenzy. Up for grabs will be a HUGE fireworks package. Raffle tickets are only $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.

Firecracker Frenzy is York County’s celebration of America’s Independence. We hold the event on July 3 at the Fairgrounds. The gates will open at 8 PM and the show will begin approximately at Dusk. Once again, the Wild Hawgs will host the concession stand. Great food will be available to purchase at the stand or on the gators that will be out in the parking lots taking care of all of those that choose to remain at their vehicles.

Firecracker Frenzy is supported strictly with donations and there are several businesses already committed financially to the show. We are so thankful for their generous donations. However, we still have a long way to go. To date there has been $12,335 raised toward the goal of $25,000. If you are considering a donation, you are welcome stop by our office or you may donate online at: https://yorkchamber.org/firecracker-frenzy/.

We hope that all will have an enjoyable time this upcoming holiday weekend. The weather is looking to cooperate a bit as we get ready to move into the summer months. All of us here at the Chamber want to take this moment to salute the men and women of the Armed Services that have passed. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring persons who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The American Legion will be having a Memorial Day service at Greenwood Cemetery on Monday, May 27 beginning at 10:30 a.m. I would encourage everyone to attend to come and pay their respects.


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