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Chamber prepares for upcoming events

During its meeting on Monday, July 10, the Philip Chamber of Commerce worked on finalizing the activities for Festival Days, August 3-6.

Philip might borrow parade ideas from other communities of lining up parade entries in reverse order so that the first float riders can see the rest of parade as it goes by, and the other float riders can see them. Fire trucks with loudspeakers could intermittently line the parade route to announce the passing floats, then fall in line at the parade’s end.

The popular inflatable games for youngsters during Festival Days will be open from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 on Saturday. Wristbands will be sold each night for $5.00 for children five and under, and for $10.00 for children six and over. The dunk tank, not part of the wristband package, will have three throws for $2.00.

A five-kilometer walk/run will be held Saturday morning.

A new event this year will be a goat-roping competition for trophies or donated prizes. Entry fees will be $5.00 per person or $10.00 per team. The ropers will be on foot. Though this should draw the rural people, it is suggested that teams be town/country combinations to made the event more interesting and fun. Other organizations that have put on such goat-roping events report that they can be a lot of laughs.

Any idea for activities depends on volunteers to oversee it. More ideas are being investigated to fill up any open time, especially on Sunday. Efforts are being made to not overlap any Chamber activity with any Haakon/Jackson 4-H Fair activity so people can do both.

The Chamber was apprised of the Economic Development Committee’s work toward “Welcome to Philip” signs. (See companion story in this issue of The Pioneer Review.)

The 2007 Philip Centennial Celebration agenda is continuing to grow. At least 20 descendants of Scotty Philip plan to attend. One will be coming from France.

A Pony Express delivery of the Governor’s proclamation of Philip’s township incorporation will be reenacted. The Eastern Star organization will be overseeing a quilt show during the Centennial. Housing is still being sought, and the Chamber is encouraging area residents to open their homes to not only visiting family and friends, but also to paying travelers coming to Philip for the celebration.

The next Philip Chamber of Commerce meeting will be at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 14, at the Senior Citizens Center.