NORTH WEBSTER — The rest of September shapes up to be a big month for North Webster as North Webster Chamber of Commerce members learned at the general meeting Monday, Sept. 19, at the Tippecanoe Township Building. Secretary Helen Leinbach, North Webster Community Public Library, presided.
An update on the Heart of the Harvest Fall Festival was given. The free event will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Mermaid Festival Grounds. Two lumberjack shows will take place. Show times are 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Lumberjack Kids Camp will begin at 2:15 p.m.
The old fashioned cake walks cost $1 and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Vendors of all kinds including food will be on hand and there will be two bounce houses for the kids.
It was announced by Leinbach this is the final year for the chamber’s fall festival although it may be picked back up by the chamber or another group in the future. The chamber board decided on improving and growing the Dixie Day Festival to be held in 2017 Saturday, July 29. The chamber will no longer sponsor a Visit with Santa at the North Webster Community Center as it has in years past. That board decision is effective immediately.
Plans for the Indiana Bicentennial Torch passing through North Webster Thursday, Sept. 29, were discussed. It will come from Leesburg east on Armstrong Road to SR 13. It should go through North Webster between approximately 11:20 and 11:30 a.m. and should reach Wawasee Middle School about 11:45 a.m.
Citizens who wish to see the torch and the procession of cars with dignitaries accompanying it are encouraged to line SR 13 between Pilcher Shoes and North Webster Community Center on both sides of SR 13. Fourth grade students from North Webster Elementary School will be standing in front of the community center. North Webster Community Public Library will be closed from 11 a.m. to noon so patrons and staff can view the torch relay.
Chamber member businesses will be receiving an email encouraging them to post birthday wishes on marquee signs. All citizens of North Webster and surrounding areas as well as Milford and Syracuse are invited to a picnic lunch in Syracuse’s Lakeside Park after the torch goes through on SR 13. It should begin a bit after noon Thursday, Sept. 29. Please bring a dish to share.
Local businesses, individuals and non-profits are invited to enter units in the Wawasee High School Biencentennial Homecoming Parade. It will begin 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the Syracuse Community Center and proceed to the WHS parking lot. Walkers, floats, cars and trucks are asked to gather at the SCC around 4:15 p.m. to celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday.
The nominating committee announced election ballots will be emailed to the membership before the next general meeting. Voting will begin as soon as the ballots are out and will conclude at the general meeting noon Monday, Oct. 10, at the Tippecanoe Township Building.
The chamber’s Business of the Month is Brenspeed, builder and parts dealer for high performance and dream cars. It will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, with a live band, free food and beverage tent.