The Chili Cook Off and Fall Festival was a big hit in 2018, thrilling the community, filling bellies, giving local businesses a platform to promote themselves, and raising money for two worth causes in our great community. A big part of that success is the triumphant return of the Freeburg beer bucket, which we sell at the Chili Cook Off with the option for refills of draft beer. For the last few years, we’ve offered the buckets with an imprint relating to the history of our community.
In 2018, our bucket featured the antique pumper that has been a parade and display fixture of the Freeburg Fire Department. Once the buckets are sold, they are in private hands forever. The Fall Festival is the one and only place to get your hands on this beautiful, practical piece of Freeburg memorabilia that makes a one-of-a-kind addition to any home bar.
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This is your chance to get ahold of one of our commemorative beer buckets. We are giving away the last of our beer buckets on our Facebook account and our newly created Twitter account.
Enter on Facebook by liking the post, sharing the post, and commenting below. Enter on Twitter by liking and retweeting. A winner will be selected at random and given this great piece of Freeburg memorabilia.
If you miss out and want to get in on the action next year, be sure to like the Freeburg Chamber and the Chili Cook Off on Facebook for all the latest updates. Be sure to follow our new Twitter account for all the latest on the fun community events being organized by the Chamber.
Save the Date – February 9, 2019
Speaking of great events, our annual banquet this year is can’t miss. For $40, you will get admission to the Freeburg Downs Mouse Races. These races feature high-end prizes, as well as marketing opportunities. You can sponsor a mouse by contacting Cindy Niebruegge at ______.
With your ticket, you are also entitled to an all-you-can-eat prime rib dinner (with chicken breast also available), as well as an open bar. Please join us for fun, good food, better company, and a celebration of the vibrant business community in Freeburg.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 9. The Freeburg Chamber is holding its Annual Banquet in the St. Joseph Parish Center. Like last year, this event will feature mouse races. Attendees are given tokens to bet on mouse races, and can purchase more if they wish. If your mouse wins, you can win more tokens which can be used for large raffle prizes at the end of the night. We will also have a 50/50 drawing, lottery boards, and many more great prizes.
In addition to the mouse races, tickets also include a prime rib dinner (with chicken breast also available) and an open bar! Tickets are $40 per person or $300 for a table of eight. Tickets can only be purchased in advance by calling Cindy Niebruegge at 618-539-6000 or by visiting Citizens Community Bank, Niebruegge Insurance, or the Freeburg Village Hall.
We also have sponsorship opportunities available. You can call Cindy at 618-539-6000 or Dave at 618-539-5878 to learn more about sponsoring a mouse or to donate to our silent auction.
Yesterday, Black Friday, kicked off the holiday shopping season with major retailers offering door buster deals. While the mad dashes and fistfights in line aren’t as prevalent as in years past, Black Friday is still a major shopping day. So is Cyber Monday, when the doorbuster move online.
Nestled between these days is Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is a day designed to remind you to shop local, and shop small. Instead of giving all of your business to big box retailers on Black Friday or online megastores on Cyber Monday, give small business a chance and shop local.
In our community, many fantastic businesses owned by, operated by, and employing your friends and neighbors depend on your support. Please see what our community has to offer and shop local this Small Business Saturday, and throughout the entire shopping season. According to the SBA, 47.5% of the private workforce in the United States comes from 27.9 million small businesses.
Make no mistake, this is no act of charity. Our community is full of excellent businesses that provide quality and value. To find a local business that fits your needs, check our directory. You can search by industry and find a local solution to your needs. Make sure to follow the Freeburg Chamber of Commerce on Facebook and LinkedIn for more updates and information on our member businesses.
If you are not a member and would like to be listed in the Freeburg Chamber directory, you can become a member here.
The Freeburg Chamber of Commerce recently donated the profits of our Chili Cook Off and Fall Festival in September to two worthy local charities. The profits were evenly split between the Freeburg Food and Clothing Bank and the Utility Assistance Fund.
The Food and Clothing Bank is run by St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. The bank recently moved into a larger building 1050 N State Street. The Food and Clothing Bank helps between 30-40 families each month with food and clothing donations collected from around the Freeburg community. The bank is open the first and second Tuesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm and the third Thursday from 5pm to 7pm. To contact the Food and Clohting Bank or donate, call 618.539.5070 for more information.
The Utility Assistance Fund is also a charitable wing of St. Paul’s. They help those in need in the community struggling to pay their utility bills. Both the Food and Clothing Bank and the Utility Assistance Fund received $4,223.50 donations, equal half shares of our profits from the Chili Cook Off. In addition to these donations, the Food and Clothing Bank also held a food drive at the Chili Cook Off. Other local organizations also participated in the event.
We are thrilled the Fall Festival was able to help these worthy causes. Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Chili Cook Off and Fall Festival a major success. Thank you to everyone who came out and ate chili, supported their local organizations, and ultimately helped us raise these funds to help those in need.
As the holiday season approaches, we highly encourage you support these organizations and the other not-for-profit groups in our area who help the needy. As you plan your charitable donations for this season, please keep them in mind.
To get regular updates on next year’s Chili Cook Off and Fall Festival, like the Cook Off on Facebook and like the Freeburg Chamber of Commerce on Facebook. Just as a reminder, Chamber members are allowed free entry into the Cook Off, so consider that when weighing your decision to become a member.