By Nicholette Carlson
NORTH WEBSTER — Plans for this year’s Dixie Day was the main topic of May’s North Webster-Tippecanoe Township Chamber of Commerce meeting Monday afternoon, May 10.
Karilyn Metcalf announced the Dixie Sternwheeler will run again this year starting Memorial Day weekend.
Emily Shipley updated the group on the Dixie Day 5K. Registration is officially open online and posts will begin this month on social media for Couch to 5K training and inspiration. The theme this year is “Sailors and Mermaids.” She is still looking for volunteers to help on Dixie Day.
For the car show, Paula Miller is hoping to get a sound booth again this year for announcements and to play music. The chamber also heard about a possible large car show group that might participate in the Dixie Day car show. They were excited to hear of the possibility of bringing new people to North Webster.
Ryan Coverstone with Socks Marina informed the chamber there will be no boat show this year due to the fact he, along with the other local boat dealers, will be sold out of inventory. However, he is hoping he and other boat vendors will be able to set up information booths or tents on the vendor lawn.
Members of the board are working on contacting businesses and individuals who would be interesting in acting as a food or artisan vendor for Dixie Day. All contracts and forms are available. Volunteers will also be needed throughout the day for Dixie Day. Email the chamber at [email protected] if interested in volunteering or being a vendor.
The chamber will be creating a Dixie Day event on Facebook and all forms will soon be available online.
The next big event for the chamber is the Main Street Committee’s town clean up day from 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday, May 15. From Crystal Flash Road to Washington Street and east to west, from Stanley Street to Blaine Street, residents are asked to help the chamber clean up the town. As residents work to clean up their block of yard refuse and trash, chamber volunteers will be coming around to help and collect and dispose of trash bags for residents. More information can be found on the chamber’s Facebook page.
A second clean-up day is planned for Washington Street to Effie Mae Street Saturday, June 12.
A motion was passed for the chamber to pay for the clean-up day dumpster for the May date.
A ribbon-cutting is planned for the grand opening of The Cove at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27. The Cove is the new gift shop and guest services area at Fisherman Cove Resort. A ribbon-cutting for Hot Head Burritos will also be scheduled soon.
A question was asked regarding the chamber website. It is currently down, though they are in discussion with an individual who has volunteered to rebuild the website for them. Shipley requested all businesses send their biographies to the chamber email within the next two weeks in order to get all the necessary information to rebuild the website. Logos for each business will also be needed.
The secretary report and treasurer report from the March meeting were approved. Mindy Scaggs offered congratulations to the award winners at last month’s annual banquet.
Following the general meeting, the board gathered briefly to choose members of the month for May through September.
The next chamber meeting will be held at noon Monday, June 14, at the Tippecanoe Township Building, 102 S. Morton St., North Webster.