Start your Saturday off strong by getting to Downtown York so you can be the first to snatch up the bargains being placed outside during the annual Sidewalk Sales.

ESI Camp students will eagerly greet you at their “stores” that will be set up on Lincoln Ave. Campers have had a full week learning how to best create and market their products. ESI is an entrepreneur camp for middle school students. The program is from the Nebraska Extension and is implemented in communities around the state. York County Development and the Chamber along with York Public Schools and Nebraska Extension-York partner together on this program. In an effort to keep the cost manageable for families, several businesses have come on board to sponsor. I would ask that you join us in thanking those that have chosen to support the students of York: Cornerstone Bank, Dickey’s BBQ Pit, Nebraska Extension – York, Kopchos Sanitation, Inc., Southeast Community College – York Learning Center, York Printing Company, York Ace Hardware, C-Tec, Inc., Harmony Nursery, Mid-America Vision Center, Mogul’s Transmission, and York State Bank. Their dedication and commitment to our community is greatly appreciated.

Make sure you get a copy of York News-Times’ citywide garage sale insert. Several sales are happening around town and Cheri Knoell worked hard to coordinate all of the sales for publication of the insert. So many great deals are available all over town.

Hungry from all that shopping? If so, stop on down to Offsides for a great burger or sandwich. There will be tables set up outside for your convenience. After lunch, you can cross the street to Hairbenders Salon for tasty treats from Kona Ice. Chances R and Valentino’s will also be open and ready to serve famished shoppers.

Saturday is packed full of fun. Back by popular demand is Transportation Exploration! This will once again be held at York’s Holthus Convention Center. Kids of all ages are invited to come and check out the cool vehicles they see rolling around town. Everyone is encouraged to honk horns, run sirens and pretend to drive. York Parks and Recreation, the Chamber and York’s Holthus Convention Center coordinate this free family event.

This full day of fun will be capped off with the giant water balloon fight that will take place on Fifth street at 2 p.m. I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun this is. Families all join in the fun. If you just have little ones, don’t worry, we have an area just for them on the south side of the courthouse. The Emmanuel Outreach Team will also have popsicles for the kiddos (while supplies last).

York’s Young Professionals will be hosting a few events on Tuesday, July 30. The very popular Lattes with Leaders will be held at Captain Red Beard’s beginning at 7 a.m. State Senator Mark Kolterman will be the speaker. At noon, the group will host a meet and greet for the York administration team. Leaders from the York Schools will be on hand to share their goals for the upcoming school year. Administrators planning to attend are YPS Superintendent Mitch Bartholomew, YPS District Administrator Beth Ericson, YHS Assistant Principal/Activities Director Tyler Herman, YMS Principal Kenny Loosvelt, YES Principal Kris Friesen, Emmanuel-Faith Lutheran School Principal Brad Wellman and St. Joseph School Principal Mary Jo Leininger. The meet and greet will be held at York College’s Mackey Center (Miller Room). The cost for the taco bar lunch is only $10 per person or $5 for YP members.

The deadline for Yorkfest royalty nominations is fast approaching! If there is someone that would be a wonderful candidate for Yorkfest royalty, let us know by July 26. Candidates will need to be: A resident of the City of York, be at least 40 years old, have a proven record of outstanding community work either through their occupation and/or volunteer work, available to be a part of the event Sept. 5 – 8. This along with the Peewee Pet contest at the York County Fair and the Holiday Festival (Nov. 21) are the only time commitments we ask of the Yorkfest royalty. Royalty are welcome to seek out more events to participate in but this is not required. The Chamber Ambassador Chairperson will contact you to ask if the candidate wishes to be notified of Ambassador events. Participation is optional and not required. Coronation will be Thursday, Sept. 5 on Nebraska Avenue and Sixth Street, between 5-7 p.m. The royalty brunch will be Friday, Sept. 6, at 10:30 a.m., at the York Area Senior Center. The grand parade will be Saturday morning, Sept. 7. Chamber staff will contact nominees to ask if they accept the nomination. There are several times that nominees decline because they feel their service is something they do of their hearts and they do not want recognition for it. I am always very touched by this. Yorkfest royalty nominations can be made by going to or you can stop in the chamber office to pick up a form.

July has been full of promoting our businesses, celebrating our community and learning from our leaders. We are thankful to be part of all things York! #whatsyoury

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