Chamber news and events

The 2021 Blount County “Parade of Lights” Christmas Parade, sponsored by MainStreet Family Care, is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., in Oneonta. Our theme this year is “Home for Christmas,” so get creative. We are very excited about another great parade! This year we will award cash prizes for first, second, and third place winners of non-profit float entries. You can download an entry form by going to and clicking on the “forms” tab at the top of the page. You can also give us a call at 205-274-2153.

Mark your calendar for opening day at Moody Christmas Tree Farm located at 1489 Valley Road in Oneonta. Starting Friday, Nov. 26, at 9 a.m., (the day after Thanksgiving), there will be food trucks, family fun, and arts and crafts vendors. Plus, the Chamber is teaming up with them to make sure Santa and snow both arrive at the farm for opening day. This will be a great opportunity to take some holiday pictures with your family!

Don’t forget the Third Thursday Sip, Shop & Stroll events in the historic Oneonta Downtown District through December. Special snacks, sales, and other surprises are planned from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The remaining dates for 2021 are Nov. 18 and Dec. 16.

Last year, the Chamber teamed up with Charlie B’s and Grapes & Hops to provide a New Year’s Eve gourmet dinner to go. It was a huge success, so we are bringing it back this year. Stay tuned for more details! We will have a cap on the number of orders we will be able to take; so if you would like to get on our pre-sale list for tickets, call the Chamber at 205-274-2153 or email

The Chamber will once again conduct their Leadership Blount County class, which will start on Jan. 20, 2022, and will meet every third Thursday through June. Please call the Chamber at 205-274-2153 or email for an application. Leadership Blount County is an organization that brings together a class of local leaders from diverse backgrounds. Through a series of monthly seminars, these leaders come to know more about the total community and they come to know and understand one another. The purpose of Leadership Blount County is to prepare and encourage its graduates to engage in greater individual and group action in order to contribute to the betterment of the community and its people.

We are very excited to announce that the Chamber has partnered with JSU to offer a new benefit for Chamber members. Just go to and click on the “JSU Classes” tab at the top of the page to explore the more than 800 courses that chamber members, their employees, and family members can take at a price that is discounted 20 percent off the regular, already very reasonable price. County and municipal employees are also eligible to take advantage of this benefit.

Some of these online classes are instructor led, while others are self-paced study. After the first of the year, in-person classes (which can be held at the Chamber office or your place of business) will be added to the course catalog. These classes can be used to brush-up on or learn new business related skills, to explore a new hobby, or to expand your horizons. Check it out!

We hope you had a great time at the Covered Bridge Festival earlier this month. It was a beautiful day filled with food, music, arts and crafts, and more. The Rib Rally was lots of fun, and it raised $4,130.98 to benefit the Oscar Bothwell Memorial Scholarship Fund. We can’t wait until next year when the festival and the Rib Rally will return on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022.