Chamber looking beyond busy summer

The Philip Chamber of Commerce meeting Monday, May 9, included more than just updates on preparations for Philip Festival Days in June and the Scotty Philip Days in July.

A suggestion has been made for later this summer for members of the chamber to visit with the Lemmon Chamber of Commerce. Lemmon is aggressively growing. Between 2005 and 2009, 16 new businesses were started. The Philip chamber may be able to benefit from some of Lemmon's experiences.

The Horizons organization in Philip is promoting a landscaping project for the north edge of the Haakon County Courthouse parking lot. The area will contain the bronze bust of Scotty Philip and will only slightly reduce the number of parking spaces. Surrounding ranchers are asked to bring their brands the evening of June 18 to brand the wooden fence that will surround the area.

Horizons will be holding a 50/50 drawing during the Matched Bronc Ride the evening before. Reusable shopping bags will again be sold as entries to the drawing. Ranchers, farmers and other businesses are encourage to put fliers, advertisements, pens, key chains or whatever in the bags for promotion. Contact Mary Burnett or bring the items to the June chamber meeting.

The bust dedication celebration June 18 will include a free will barbecue from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with the raised funds helping to pay for the project. At 7:00 p.m., cowboy poet Otto Rosefeld from Valentine, Neb. will provide the entertainment, courtesy of the South Dakota Humanities Council. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and enjoy the evening.

The chamber donated $100 to little league football involving Philip area youth this summer. It will be headed out of Rapid City. Full padding will be provided.

Volunteers are being sought to assist Kelly Penticoff in organizing and lining up the June 18 parade. Usual and new entrants should contact her.

Some of the many other activities as part of Festival Days will include the Philip Volunteer Fire Department's water wars games, National Guard blow-up games, the street dance and the chamber-sponsored free supper during the Matched Bronc Ride.

Chamber treasurer Matt Reedy said, "With seven class reunions and the PVFD demolition derby, there will be a pile of people in town." Reedy announced that Grossenburg Implement is donating the meat for the meal. "We would love to go with third-pounders, but we can't cook them fast enough, so we are going with quarter-pounders," said Reedy.

For Scotty Philip Days, Chip Kemnitz said, "The schedule is tight and everything will probably go longer than we think. I don't think anyone will be disappointed in the way of entertainment. Our most pressing point is who is going to run the events and who is going to help them. We have to cut off the ideas and say, 'you are in charge of that event or idea.' "

The next regular meeting for the Philip Chamber of Commerce will be Monday, June 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the 73- Saloon.