Chamber has busy spring and summer planned

Erin Smith Staff writer

March 29, 2014

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for a busy spring and summer season.

According to Executive Director Dawn Maynard, the Chamber will kick off the busy season by sponsoring a triathlon in April at White Lake. It will be a half-iron man and a sprint instant event.

“This usually brings about 1,000 people to the community,” said Maynard of the event.

She said she has already been receiving calls at the Chamber office from folks who are visiting the area to train for the event.

Maynard said the Chamber’s biggest summer event will be the 36th annual White Lake Water Festival, which will take place May 16-18. But she added that the weekend is in need of help.

“I’m in need of volunteers and contributions for this event,” said Maynard. “Contributions are down over the past few years.”

She then gave a quick “sneak peek” into the event.

“We are adding back the performance stage at Goldston’s Beach,” said Maynard. “And we are keeping the entertainment tent.”

The performance stage will have local talent such as churches, local choirs and such. There will be two stages at the entertainment tent. Groups slated to perform at the festival include Chubby Knuckles, Spare Change, South of Sanity and Southern Touch.

Following the Water Festival, the chamber will hold its annual banquet on Tuesday, June 17. The new board members will be announced at this time, and a special guest speaker will be announced soon. Maynard also said the public is welcome to attend the chamber banquet.

The chamber will also present the annual July 4 Fireworks display at Goldston’s Beach.

Maynard said that the Chamber is also preparing to to assist with the third annual Battle of Elizabethtown re-enactment.

“The chamber has partnered with Harmony Hall and is going to help with the Battle of Elizabethtown. The Chamber is going to help grow that event by adding entertainment and vendors at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market,” said Maynard.

She said the Chamber will wrap up the busy year with the Small Business Saturday in November, the Holiday Shopping Village at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market and the annual Christmas parade.

Maynard said, in addition to the Chambersponsoring it’s own events, it also helps to promote events planned by other groups as well.

“We are promoting the upcoming 8K Elizabethtown Rotary Trail Run for the Wounded Warrior Project,” said Maynard.

The Chamber has also helped to promote the annual 4k4 Food event that benefits the Bladen Crisis Assistance Food Bank as well, added Maynard.

She said the chamber is also trying to promote healthy lifestyles by making folks aware of bicycle routes in the county that are safe for distance riding as well as riding recreationaly.

Currently there are 110 Chamber members, and Maynard said several new businesses have also expressed an interest in joining.

To join the chamber, call 910-862-4368 and an application wil be sent to you. Complete the application and return it with your dues, said Maynard.

“Right now is a good time to join,” said Mayanrd.

The Chamber’s monthly luncheon meetings are currently held at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown.