Chamber preps for Good Ol’ Days

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    MOUNT IDA – Plans are moving ahead for the 2016 Good Ol’ Days celebration Memorial Day weekend, according to an announcement by the Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce.
    This year’s edition of the long-time festival will begin Friday May 27 and continue through Saturday, May 28, The festival will include music on the Front Porch Stage, as well as food vendors and crafts around the courthouse square. One of the highlights on the Saturday schedule is the annual car show, which draws entries from throughout the area and state.
    Joanne McGibboney, secretary to the chamber board, said there are already 20 vendors signed up to participate, and that others are expected to register prior to the event. Vendors include food, crafts, and a bounce house for the youngsters.
    Music from the Front Porch Stage will begin on Friday evening at 6 p.m. with music by the Rose Family and the Prestons. On Saturday, the music will begin at noon and continue until 9 p.m.
    The annual car show will be held on the courthouse square Saturday, May 28, with check-in time at 8:00 a.m. Cut-off time for registration is 10:00 a.m. All Judging will be complete and winners announced at 3:00 p.m.
    For more information on the 2016 Good Ol’ Days car show, contact Jennifer Warden, (479) 209-3000 or Annie Scott (501) 538-4137 or write goodolddayscarshow@gmail.com. The competition is sponsored by the Montgomery County Athletic Association and the Mount Ida Youth Athletic Association.
    Chamber board members discussed ways to cross-promote area activities. Any promotional materials the Chamber produces  prior to this year’s event will include Good Ol’ Days, Car Show and the Front Porch activities.
    The board also agreed to develop an e-mail distribution list of chamber members and those who attend events so more direct marketing can be implemented for future activities.
    In addition, plans will be developed to put a communications protocol in place. Such a move will help future volunteers and board members know what activities are upcoming and when promotions should begin for them.