We at the Chamber are here to market the City of Hallettsville, to improve the Economic Development and promote Tourism. We are here to help our businesses and to support the community of Hallettsville. We are the source of community information. Our office contains maps, telephone books, visitor guides and display racks that contains our business members business cards and brochures.
During the year, the Chamber of Commerce is involved in various activities within our community.
Our Chamber Banquet is at the end of January, this is when we honor our Citizen of the Year, and we honor our Hospitality Winner. We have a silent auction and give away various door prizes which are donated from our businesses and local chamber members. At the banquet our City and County officials are recognized. Our outgoing Directors are honored and our Incoming Director's are welcomed.
The Chamber Sponsors the State Championship 42 Domino Tournament the first Saturday in March. This year's Tournament was a great success with teams warming up on Friday and a record number of teams participating from as far away as California.
Throughout the year, the Chamber encourages our businesses to host "Chamber Mixers" which provide networking opportunities with other business owners in Hallettsville and the surrounding county. The Chamber mixers are a lot of fun and have been enjoyed by all in attendance.
The Kolache Fest is our major project of the year. We are very proud to say that we are in our sixteenth year and growing every year. The Kolache Fest benefits the community by bringing over 3,000 people to Hallettsville for the one-day event. Our area organizations participate in this event and this is for some of them, their major fundraisers for the year. We encourage organizations and members to be a part of the Kolache Fest. Ofcourse the Kolache Fest would not be the success that it is without the great volunteers that we have. The Kolache Fest outgrew the City Park and moved to the Knights of Columbus Hall several years ago and we are expanding around the KC Hall more & more every year. We welcome anyone to be a part of our Kolache Fest or any event we sponsor during the year.
In October we partner with the LEA to help put on our Annual Hallettsville Championship Pro Bull Riding Event. This event brought record crowds in attendance to our Wilbur Baber Memorial Complex and was greatly enjoyed by all.
In November, the Chamber is in charge of the Market Booths at the Festival Lights. The Lighting of our courthouse is a magnificent event and our community looks forward to attending this event each year.
The Chamber is also involved in other events during the year that are sponsored by other organizations. When called upon, we are there to help.
This is a brief summary of what the Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture does. We are here to promote Hallettsville, the City of Hospitality. If you have any questions feel free to call or email us.