CHAMBER KICKS-OFF 13+ EVENT VENDOR SLATE FOR 2024
The McDonald County Chamber of Commerce would like to announce the first premier “McDonald County Happenings” slate of events beginning in April and extending through October 2024. This 13+ event slate is geared to create a Vendor Mecca along with a Food Truck Frenzy on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. The plan is to provide local vendors of all kinds along with food trucks a ready-made string of 13+ events, essentially booking much of their spring/summer/fall events all at once.
This FREE to the public unique slate of new events takes on two components, with an option for a third component for those vendors and food trucks interested.
The first component features a large farmers, crafts, arts, and entertainment market coupled with a food truck frenzy on the 4th Saturday of each month. With the help from Wood Motor Co., this event will be held on the northern portion of the Wood Motor Co. located in Jane and is the heaviest traffic point in McDonald County. This location provides great visibility and exposure to all our local vendors with the expectation of drawing thousands each 4th Saturday.
The second component involves the 2nd Saturday of each of those months and taking these same core vendors along with their food truck counterparts to each one of the following cities during these months. Those cities include Anderson, Goodman, Lanagan, Noel, Pineville, Rocky Comfort & Southwest City.
This rotating event will take on a different flair each month as each individual community can tack on to the event other activities that showcase their community, culture, and mind-set.
The third piece of the puzzle is a component on the 3rd Saturday that will be announced in the coming weeks.
According to John Newby, President & CEO of the McDonald County Chamber, “With the Chamber and Happenings organizations working together, this project benefits the entire County. This series of events will have transformative power allowing the entire County to come together with events for all our residents and thousands of visitors to the McDonald County to enjoy. These events work! Why? They build community, they involve many organizations throughout all of our communities and beyond. These events take on a life of their own and before long hey include car shows, bike rides, walks/runs, entertainment, community exposure, pet events, and so much more. As the series of events builds and grows, the crowds will grow, the participation will grow, and above all, the economic conditions improve for all involved. The response has been awesome, we will find ourselves limiting the number of vendors early on to assure space and success. We live in a region that has dozens of great events, to stand out as they say, “you must go big, or go home”, we’ve decided that going home isn’t an option.
The McDonald County Chamber will providing additional details over the next few weeks and months.