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Gold Digger Days

Gold Digger Days is this weekend! That’s right, the 57th annual event with its “Golden Oldies,” theme begins this Saturday in Greenville.

Breakfast will be served at three different locations this year each raising funds for a different organization all at 7 a.m. First the GHS Boosters and Football will be serving pancakes and sausage at the High School. Jose’s Tacos will be serving burritos plus chorizo and eggs on Main St in the food court and the American Legion will be serving biscuits and gravy at 430 Main St.

The Annual Softball tournament will also be going on. Contact Jesse or Anthea Smith for info on that. The street faire with craft vendors and food vendors begins at 9 a.m. and continues throughout the day.

The Annual Gold Digger Days Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Contact Bev Hardesty at the Waystation for parade entry forms and to volunteer as a parade entry judge or with traffic control during the parade and along the parade route. Remember that floats will be judged and a cash prize is given to the winner.

The Ice Cream Social will begin at 11 a.m. at the Methodist Church on Pine St with homemade ice cream. And the Kids Corner with lots of kids’ activities will be hopping right next to the Masonic Lodge on Main St.

Many other activities will be going on that day as well, including “Duck Races,” a waterslide and bounce house at the Legion Hall, Judo Tournament at the Community Center, watermelon eating contest and more.

A Hot Rod and Classic Car Show and BBQ will be held at 3 p.m. at the Legion Hall as well. And make sure to purchase your raffle tickets for the Grand Prize drawing. The drawing will be at 9 p.m. that night on the main stage in front of the Waystation on Main Street.

This year the Chamber is raffling off a Polaris Side-by-Side. Tickets are only $20 each and already going fast. Proceeds raised from this raffle go to future Gold Digger Days events. Come on down this Saturday and show your support of the community. Thank you to all this year’s Gold Digger Days sponsors.

Our summer mixer at Riley’s Jerky was a great success. Thank you to the Riley’s Jerky family and owner Kaley Bentz for hosting the Chamber and a huge thank you to all that attended. It was great to see everyone out and enjoying the evening and learning about Riley’s Jerky. An amazing local and family owned business in Indian Valley for over 38 years. Kudos to the Bentz and Burkholder family!

The Indian Valley Chamber is looking for a few new members to our executive board. This coming fall we will need to fill three spaces.

I encourage everyone to come to a meeting and see what the chamber does and what its about. One misconception that many people have is that you must be a business owner to be involved. This statement is false.

The Indian Valley Chamber is a little different than most. Our root goals of promoting commerce and tourism come in different ways. We pride ourselves on the many local events which we are involved in, which in turn bring people into our valley who shop in the stores, stays with our lodging providers, eat at our restaurants, buy gas at our gas stations, and might possibly relocate here.

The board meets at the Chamber office on Main Street at 6 p.m. every third Monday of the month. Our next meeting will be on Aug. 19. We only meet for about 90 minutes and 10 times a year. Your support is greatly needed and appreciated for the Indian Valley community.

Other help is also needed in the office. Office manager, Heidi is always looking for a hand and we are also looking for someone to help with our webpage. If you are someone who would like to help us out please give the office a call at 284-6633 or come to a meeting.

Happy summer everyone! Enjoy it while it’s here.

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