Happy Fall Y’all!
Welcome to the Weekend! 2020 has been a year to remember for certain, but I find it hard to comprehend that we are in the final days of SEPTEMBER! We have several events on the horizon. I want to remind everyone to follow the guidelines to try and keep everyone safe and healthy. Keep your distance. Wear your mask (and wash it often). Wash your hands or sanitize them REALLY OFTEN. We want everyone to have a safe and fun fall.
For those looking for the Cordell Hull Day that was schedule for tomorrow, September 26th, sorry, it has been cancelled and they are planning a bigger and better event for 2021. But never fear, they are planning a “Tales on the Trails” event for Oct. 3, 17 and 24. You must pre-register! Space is limited!
Next Thursday-Saturday is the Rollecoaster Yard Sale. We have several vendors that plan to set up here at the Welcome Center and I am sure there will be several others here and in Albany. Some of the Counties have decided they really don’t want to promote the event this year, but they are certain there will still be sales through their counties. So watch for smaller possibly individual sales and be mindful of traffic! Next MONDAY, September 28th is the deadline for early entries for the Town of Byrdstown 5K/3K Run/Walk! Please get those entries in if you want to be assured of a t-shirt!!! If you want the t-shirt, but don’t want to do the event – go ahead and send in your entry except please make note that you will not be at the event itself. We can have your t-shirt at Town Hall for pick-up. The event is on Oct. 10th. We will start taking entries for the Fall Dale Hollow Bass Classic on Oct. 1 at 8:15AM. The tournament itself will be held on Nov. 14 & 15, 2020. If you are one of those that like to have an early flight number, we will probably be seeing you on Thursday. Be aware that the RCYS starts that morning as well. Cars & Coffee will be held at the Town Plaza on Oct. 3 from 8AM until 12PM. The Town of Byrdstown is also having Dale Holloween on October 31st at Town Plaza. More information to come on this event.
A few little housekeeping items before we get into the what’s going on this weekend. We are still needing survey’s from our Chamber Member businesses interested in being the Business of the Month. If you have already sent your form in, if we did NOT respond, please check with us. It has been brought to my attention that our email filter has been not allowing some to get through. More information is below. Second, it’s time of year we prepare for the next tourism season. Ad sales for the Dale Hollow Explorer are open. If you want to be a part of the Pickett County section, contact us during normal business hours and we will get the information over to you. Finally, we will be holding our 3rd Quarter ID and JECD Board Meetings on Tuesday, September 29th at 11AM here at the Welcome Center.
Coming up this weekend: Obey River Grill at East Port Marina is having BrainBlast Trivia on Friday evenings each week until the marina closes for the season on November 1. There will be live music at the Dixie Cafe Friday and Saturday evenings. Forbus General Store has Fish Fryday – Friday. York Country Store is having an all you care to eat catfish special on Friday and Saturday evenings. Ritter Family Farms will be at the Farmers Market on Saturday with fresh local produce (also on Thursdays). Bald Rock Package, LLC will have live music on Saturday. Make sure you check out the many other wonderful places to grab a bite to eat in the area. You can find our members here: www.dalehollow.com/dine.
Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park has a few events/workshops/activities coming up. Check the Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park calendar here.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association called us this morning and asked that we share that September 26 will be the National Prayers March 2020. Details can be found here. They will be following CDC guidelines.
Remember UPCOMING EVENTS! Good Neighbors Theatre has opted to do a “Social Distancing Gala” this year. They are also raising funds through their Rollercoaster Yard Sale Thurs-Sat of this coming week. WCTE’s Haunted Half Marathon is virtual this year! You can get more information here! It will take place for Oct. 1-31. Dale Holloween will take place on Oct. 31 at Town Plaza. You may contact Town Hall for details – 931-864-6215. The Fall Dale Hollow Bass Classic will be held the weekend of November 14 & 15, 2020. We will start taking entries on Oct. 1 with in person entries taking earliest flight numbers. Mail in entries are being put in line as they come in and will be addressed following the walk-ins.
The Business of the Month program is underway! If you wish to be considered for an upcoming month – WE NEED YOUR INFORMATION!!! At this time, very few have sent in their forms! If you are a Chamber Member and have not done so yet, please fill out our survey – you can access it here. IF YOU DO NOT SEND IN THE SURVEY, YOU WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE GROUP THAT THE COMMITTEE WILL CHOOSE FROM. Also, if any business is following the Tennessee Pledge rules and would like a poster to put up, OR OTHER ITEMS, stop by our office and let us know.
DAV will meet at the Welcome Center on the second Saturday of each month at 9:30AM
September 29 at 11AM is the ID & JECD Board Meetings at the Welcome Center
October 8 is our next Monthly Chamber Board of Directors Meeting at 11AM TBA
If ANYONE needs any help, questions answered, etc., please reach out to our office (931) 864-7195, the County Executive’s Office (931) 864-3798 or Mayor Gibson’s Office (931) 864-6215.
Have a wonderful week!
Bill Robbins, Byrdstown-Pickett Co. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director
Janice Neal & Donella Beaty, Assistants to the Executive Director