Commerce Column 5/15/19

VARIOUS BUSINESSES SERVE ANDERSON BERRY FESTIVAL   There are many reasons for the McDonald County Chamber of Commerce to be proud of the commerce in which its members engage. Sometimes they gather together to do business for a very special event, such as Anderson’s annual Berries, Bluegrass and BBQ Festival. In just a few days, on May 18th at the city’s Town Hole, you’ll see retailers of our own county in action, side by side with at-large vendors as they serve hundreds of people who stop by for the fun and food. Some won’t be asking for money, thanks to the Anderson Betterment Club’s sponsorship. For example, free of charge, you’ll enjoy top notch musicians like Southern Tradition and The Finley River Boys, bands who also perform for audiences at places like Branson’s Silver Dollar City. This year your money will buy gourmet hot dogs, kettle corn, grilled chicken drumsticks, and potato twisters. Other businesses will be selling Tupperware, scented wax burners, laundry and bath products, children’s books, and locally handmade jewelry & crafts. There’ll be Interactive toy stuffing projects similar to build-a-bear, carnival games with prizes for the kids, and organic coffee, tea, hot chocolate and nutraceuticals. Look for other treats like Memphis style deep fried ribs, deep fried catfish, handmade ice cream sandwiches-floats-and Sundays, BBQ, smoking ribs and chicken, and creek taters. Of course the original reason this all started years ago, locally grown strawberries, will be for sale. At this very moment, thriving green plants growing in nearby fields are showing red, so take some home, or enjoy a dish of ice cream and short cake with them, or do both at the Betterment Club tent. While you’re there, pick up an official festival T shirt and collect more historic Anderson postcards. Other happenings include the famous Donut Eating Contest where kids 6 and under are challenged to see who can eat 1 donut before anybody else. The 7-to-12-year-old winner must eat 3 donuts faster than anyone else in their division. 13 and older contestants will face down 6 donuts. About 10:30 is the annual Little Miss Strawberry Pageant. Ministry groups include the Crave Youth Group from Grace Life Church, and Saturday Night High with their fundraiser T shirts and furniture. Anderson’s Town Hole usually finds spots for 25 to 30 businesses offering their goods and services. As I write this column, several more late sign-ups will surely be joining in with other things to sell. The Chamber thanks all of the men and women and children who are part of what we call commerce. Thanks for being in business for Anderson’s Festival, and thanks on behalf of the increasing number of folks who are beginning to shop locally. And … let’s hear a hearty cheer for the many volunteers who help put this event all together.

D.Wayne Bearbower, Ambassador

McDonald County Chamber of Commerce