Nobody has Chamber members like Slaton! Who knew that “bulb unpackers, glass cleaner uppers, cord untanglers, light string hangers, high altitude daredevils, and lift operators” all existed within the ranks of our Chamber Board and members? I can’t thank you enough for your tremendous support of our initial efforts for the vision of increasing foot traffic on the square. The lights are the first and most visible step in the process and a lot of individuals stepped up to make this a success. Thank you to Mike Lamberson, Tony Linker and your city crews, Julee Becker and the school maintenance crew, and the general chamber membership for all of your labor in getting the lights up.
The physical labor was only successful because so many chamber members contributed financially to the purchase of the light strings and bulbs. Thank you to everyone who invested in our square. Patsy Vessels and Brooke Etheridge took on the burden of contacting members for contributions, and they did a fantastic job. Thank you, ladies. I’m always encouraged by the Can-Do spirit of Slatonites who carry the vision for our community.
The lights on the square are phase one. Your Chamber Board is continuing vision development work exploring meaningful ways to impact our local businesses. We seem to be experiencing a unique time of opportunity; therefore, we will be hosting community discussion gatherings in the near future to gain insight on the possibilities of what our Chamber and united Slaton business community can accomplish together.
It is a profound honor to work with you every day! A united vision enables difference makers like you to move forward together.
Onward! Jim Andrus 2017 President Slaton Chamber of Commerce
Juneteenth The Juneteenth Celebration coordinated every year by Darlene Jones has been rescheduled to next year. She plans on hosting every other year and adjusting the time to the evening. She wants everyone to enjoy hanging out on the square, sitting back and listening to some great music. Darlene has some fresh ideas for next year for activities as well. For those of you who don’t know, a portion of the proceeds from this event go to the National Kidney Foundation. So rest up Darlene, we’ll be seeing you next Juneteenth
July 4th Festival Tuesday, July 4th 10am to 3pm Slaton County Park. KSSL Radio will be coordinating the Slaton Stage. Cathy Whitten headlining with Texas Cadillac Jack. Special guests are Barry Moffitt and Danielle Henzler. We plan on having fun and games with lots of food lots of food. Come hungry! The Slaton Lions Club will be serving up hamburgers, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church will have their signature sizzilin’ hot fajitas, and the Knights of Columbus will be grillin’ up some fun. Cool off with some water balloons, water polo or volunteer for the dunkin’ booth. There will be snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn and treats as well as fun games and activities. The SHS Athletic Booster Club will also be on hand with a new line of SHS products. Please remember, (help us spread the word,) the parking on the west side of the club house will be designated for handicap parking. Even though that small part of Garza Street by the park will be blocked off, more parking will be available at Cathelene Thomas Elementary. This is for safety reasons. Thank you for working with us. Our list of sponsors grows beginning with United Supermarkets, Atmos Energy, Prosperity Bank, Slat-Co Printing, O. D. Kenney Auto Parts, Slaton Primary Care Clinic, and Caprock Santa Fe Credit Union. We very much appreciate their support. If you are interested in being a sponsor for the July 4th Festival, please email us at call the Chamber at 828-6238 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Car Show Wow! what an awesome year we had last year. So much so, that we’ve revised our line-up for the car show. No worries, all those incredible cars will be back. We are just rearranging a bit to fit everyone and everything in. After the Square is filled, we’ll be taking the rows of cars down Texas Avenue. Please note if you plan on entering a car, the entrance has been moved to 8th and Lynn Street. Vendors will continue to enter at the Lubbock and 9th entrance. All other roads will be blocked. A designated Handicap Parking Area will be at the Library parking lot with a shuttle that will transport our guests back and forth. Many thanks to our shuttle volunteers last year the Slaton Masonic Lodge and Hurst Farm Supply for donating the gators. As always, we need volunteers to help the during the cruise and the day of the show to keep things running smooth and our town square clean. Please call the office if you would like to help. This will be the 22nd year the Caprock Classic Car Club has hosted this event and for sixteen of those years they have brought it to Slaton. They are excited about the changes going on around the Square and are very complimentary of our what we have accomplished. So mark your calendars for July 14th and 15th. I know that seems early but, it’s always the 3rd Saturday in July. Registration forms are available on their website as well as ours. Plus, I have some at City Hall: www.slatonchamberofcommerce.org www.caprockclassiccarclub.org The cruise is from 7:30pm to 8:30pm on Friday. The fee is $10/free for car show participants. The swap meet is getting bigger and some really amazing stuff is showing up. If you want to set up the fee is $20/$30. If you have questions, more information is on the registration form as well as the contact information. The show pre-entry fee is $30, then $35 the day of the show. Awards will be presented at approximately 4:30pm. Good luck to all.
Now for our vendors. I have food vendors already signed up. Our old favorites the Classy Caboose, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Kettle Corn as well as some new ones. The general vendors are sending in their registration forms now. Seems to start earlier every year. So, if you are interested, call or email the chamber office. Please note: All Vendors Must Be Approved. If you plan on selling something, the sooner you sign up the better. (806) 828-6238 email@example.com
Also, there is the swap meet. Anything and everything you can imagine for the car enthusiast. Come see what treasures they have in store. The Car Club will be donating proceeds from the Swap Meet to the Texas Boys Ranch. Car Show registration form available here.