Festival first test of Chamber

Newly reorganized Hayden group hosts event tonight


— The newly reorganized Hayden Chamber of Commerce will host its first event tonight - the Hayden Summer Business Festival.

Hayden resident Donna Hellyer said the festival, scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m., is intended to introduce the Chamber's current members, sign up new ones and get the Chamber off on the right foot.

"We have to prove, first of all, that it's a viable organization," Hellyer said. "The biggest thing is letting the business owners know there's a reason for joining."

There will be a beer and wine garden at the festival; the cost for drinks is $5 for two. There also will be a drawing for prizes. Tickets for the drawing can be obtained by visiting Hayden businesses participating in the festival.

"I hope it's good for people to come down to see what Hayden has to offer so they can shop at home," said Joyce Folley, a Hayden resident who has been greatly involved in restarting the chamber. "And they can have a glass of beer at the same time. I think it will be a good indicator of how future activities might go."

The festival was scheduled to coincide with the home arts check-in at the Routt County Fair, when many people will travel to Hayden to drop off their flowers, homemade crafts and other items.

The Chamber has made significant strides in recent weeks, acquiring an office and telephone line in downtown Hayden at First National Bank of the Rockies. Hellyer said the office would be staffed during regular business hours. Hellyer said she has been very impressed with the "energetic" group of locals that decided to resurrect the Chamber.

"It's very exciting," Hellyer said. "It's really been an effort on everyone's part."

Annual dues for the Cham-ber are $30 for businesses with one to five employees, clubs and nonprofit agencies; $75 for businesses with six to 12 employees; $150 for governmental entities; and $350 for businesses with 13 or more employees.

- To reach Brandon Gee, call 871-4210

or e-mail bgee@steamboatpilot.com


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