Covered Bridge Festival kicks off next week

Update from the chamber of commerce


The Covered Bridge Festival is fast approaching. Vendors, entertainers, children’s activities, a car and motorcycle show, Barney Fife, and other activities will be in downtown Oneonta between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The golf tournament will be held at Heritage Green Oct. 23. Phone the chamber office if you are interested in entering a team ($55 per golfer or $220 per team) Prize money and hole-in-one will be awarded to winners. Superior Bank is sponsoring lunch for all entrants.

You may access additional information by going to the chamber Web site at www.blountoneontachamber. org.

New Brochures

The chamber has available for distribution two new brochures. The Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel has published Historic Alabama: A Guide to Landmarks and Events. Featured in the 94-page tract are narratives about the Blountsville Historical Park, the covered bridges, the Covered Bridge Festival, Blount County Museum, Palisades Park (in the Oneonta section), and Rickwood Caverns State Park (in the Warrior section).

The Alabama Mountain Lakes organization has published a North Alabama Visitors’ Guide. Under the heading “Birmingham Gateway,” the Blount County covered bridges are featured, as well as Spring Valley Beach in Blountsville.

Also being placed in rest stops along Alabama’s interstate highways is the new chamber brochure “Eleven Reasons to Visit Blount County.”

The new chamber video “Blount County the Beautiful” is available for groups to use as a program. You may call the chamber to check out either a DVD or VHS tape. This product was professionally done by Alpine Advertising and funded by a grant written by the chamber. As we revise the chamber Web site in coming weeks, this video will be posted.

Conclusion

Difficult economic circumstances are facing our nation, state, and county. It is extremely important for relevant agencies to continue to promote the area seeking new business and industry. The county commission, Judge David Standridge, and the chamber recently helped create new jobs through an incentive and abatement program. Discussions are underway with another local industry to create new jobs in the near future.

American Apparel continues to grow and hire additional workers. This exceptional garment industry in Oneonta will be given an honor for its working conditions and treatment of its employees at the next chamber breakfast by a national labor organization.

By working together, we are making a very good community even better.

Editor’s note: The remainder of Carr’s column appears on the front page.