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Madison County Chamber discusses Freakytown event

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce met for its regular meeting recently and discussed its upcoming Freakytown event.

Chamber President Allison Boyer and board member Tessa Rehkop attended the Fredericktown City Council’s Sept. 11 meeting and received council approval to set the event for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 28.

The chamber is in need of member volunteers to help with closing the streets and clearing cars from the square before the event. Members and individuals can sign up to be a part of the event through the chamber. Contact the chamber at 573-783-2604 or

“We will know more details once we know who is participating,” Boyer said.

Boyer said Freakytown is always a big success drawing in huge crowds.

“Last year we had 750 pieces of candy and with one piece per kid we still ran out,” Boyer said.

The chamber discussed bicentennial preparations. The first event will be a dinner at 6 p.m., Jan. 11 at St. Michael Church. This event will be a “bow ties and blue jeans” event meaning it will be a semi-casual affair.

The event will have member-sponsored tables allowing each member to decorate a table themed around his or her business.

“When other places have these it is a mad dash to pick the best table,” Rehkop said.

There was a discussion of other events, which might take advantage of the bicentennial theme, including a poster contest, Missouri Whitewater Championships, window decorating contest, Azalea Festival, concerts in the park, Fourth of July, movies in the park, Pioneer Days, County Fair, beard contest, buck contest, and a gala.

The chamber also discussed upcoming Small Business Saturday Nov. 25 and hosting a tax reform round table at noon, Sept. 27 at the Madison County Extension Office.

Three gift certificates were donated for the chamber to give away at Pioneer Days. Durso Hills Winery and Sass-a-Frass Boutique and Salon’s donations will be raffled off on the chamber’s Facebook page. Power Factory has also made a donation, which the chamber board will decide how to award at a later time.

The chamber approved its mission statement: “It is our mission to support and enhance the current businesses, tourism, housing, local government, events and organizations of this fine county. We will strive to encourage new endeavors in all of these areas.”

The official slogan of the chamber will be “Making Madison County a great place to live, work and play.”

The chamber added ten new members since its last meeting. A blitz was held Aug. 29 where volunteers went business to business to recruit new members. Melvin Mills Roofing had three employees help out by covering businesses in the county.

The chamber will hold a ribbon cutting for the opening of Power Factory on East Main Street sometime in mid-October. Any new businesses interesting in having a ribbon cutting can contact the chamber.

“We’d love to do ribbon cuttings for any new businesses,” Boyer said.

The chamber has purchased decals for all current members and has a limited supply available now.

The chamber’s next “Perk Before Work” event will be at 7:30 a.m., Sept. 19 at Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

Marketing Specialist Judy Boring said the pharmacy will have goodie bags for the event.

The next regular meeting of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce will be at 8:30 a.m., Oct. 12, at Black River Electric Cooperative. 

<span><p class=Heather Dietiker (right) and Ginny Smith take notes at the Madison County Chamber of Commerce meeting Thursday.” width=”800″ /> Heather Dietiker (right) and Ginny Smith take notes at the Madison County Chamber of Commerce meeting Thursday.

Madison County Chamber Board President Allison Boyer (left) and board member Tessa <span><p class=Rehkop look over the agenda at Thursday’s meeting.” width=”800″ /> Madison County Chamber Board President Allison Boyer (left) and board member Tessa Rehkop look over the agenda at Thursday’s meeting.

Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Democrat News. She can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at

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