The Clay County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting drew a nice crowd on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at the Central High Cafeteria. Those is attendance enjoyed a nice meal catered by Young House BBQ in Lineville and some left with several nice door prizes donated by local businesses.
Chamber CEO Tiffany Young gave a recap of some of the events the Chamber had participated in for the year of 2017, most recently, Christmas in the Park at Lineville City Park and the life-sized hand-painted Christmas Card Collection in conjunction with surrounding counties and East Alabama Tourism.
Young spoke of upcoming events that would take place in the 2018 year, such as the Clay County Fair, which will be held on the weekend of April 12-14 at the EDC Industrial Park on Hwy 9 across from Airport Rd between Lineville and Ashland. This event will feature up to 18 carnival rides, vendors and attractions. Arm Bands can be purchased for this event available at the Chamber Office during business hours. Call 256-396-2828 for more information or visit their website: http://www.alabamaclaycounty.com
Young was also excited to announce the Chamber would be partnering in the first Southeastern Agricultural Expo to held in conjunction with the Fair. Heading up this committee is Alicia Homburger, who spoke briefly on their expectations of this event, which main focus is to highlight and showcase the farmers of the county and the members of the Cattlemen’s and Jr. Cattlemen’s Association.
Kim Cain also gave a very brief description of the first Yellow- Meated Watermelon Festival to be held on August 11th and was hopeful to see a lot of community participation in this event.
Afterwards, guests were very entertained by Award-winning country music singer and songwriter, Jeff Bates, as he shared details of his life story that included his hard-fought battle with drug addiction and how he overcame those demons with the help of Jesus Christ and his rise from the ashes to become a well-respected singer and songwriter. There wasn’t a person in the room who wasn’t touched by his story. For more details of Jeff’s story, click here: http://www.claycountyweb.com/articles/country-music-artist-jeff-bates-to-play-at-historic-ashland-theatre/
The lovely evening was capped off by the presentations of awards for the 2018 year ( Pictures below). We congratulate all of these winners:
- Volunteer of the Year: Kim Cain
- New Business of the Year: Cheaha Music
- Business of the Year: The Clay Times-Journal
Appreciation awards were also awarded the following businesses:
- Young House BBQ
- Court Square Cafe
- First State Bank
- Wellborn Cabinets
An appreciation certificate was also presented to Lee and Debbie Harrison for their loyal participation in each Chamber event.
It was a very enjoyable event and we commend Tiffany and her Board for their hard work in making this such a successful event.