Freeburg Chamber Accepting Scholarship Applications for 2021

2021 Freeburg Chamber of Commerce

Scholarship Application

Administered by the Freeburg Chamber of Commerce

Freeburg, IL

The Freeburg Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring two, onetime $500.00 scholarships to be awarded to a 2021 FCHS graduate. 

Only those applications which include all of the information requested will be considered.  The name of the successful applicant will be announced at Honors Night at FCHS.

Funding will be sent directly to the recipient once enrollment is validated by student.  Incomplete applications will be disqualified.  

The following must be included with this application form:

1.A typed 200-300 word essay on the topic:

“The Significance of Small Business in Today’s Economy”

2.Current transcripts from FCHS

3.Letters from two character references, one of which must come from an 

instructor who influenced the applicant’s plans for the future.  Letters

written by relatives are not acceptable.

Student contact information —email, cell number, is requested in the event that an interview is to be scheduled.

Deadline:  This application form along with all requested information must be received at the FCHS guidance office by April 16th, 2021.

The Freeburg Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Committee may request an interview with candidates prior to its final selection.

Each applicant will be considered without preference to race, color, creed, sex, or national origin.

Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off Canceled in 2020 

Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off Canceled in 2020 

The Freeburg Chamber of Commerce is saddened to announce that we have made the difficult decision to cancel our annual Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off in 2020 due to COVID-19 and associated restrictions. This is difficult for us not only because the tireless efforts of our volunteers and friends in the community have made this an increasingly successful event, but because it has become a major fund raiser for two worthy Freeburg charities. Last year, the Fall Festival raised $13,026 for the Freeburg Food and Clothing Bank and 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. 

We urge the community to help out these worthy causes in a year when the COVID-19 has caused financial hardship on many families in our community. The virus and shutdowns have also caused hardship for our member business, so please remember to shop Freeburg first and do all that you can to support or community establishments while staying safe. 

The Freeburg Chamber is considering alternative ways to help these charities in 2020. 

Illinois Enters Phase 4 – What This Means for Freeburg

Illinois Enters Phase 4 – What This Means for Freeburg

Illinois has entered Phase 4 of the Governor’s Restore Illinois plan. Under these new guidelines we are inching closer to being fully open. 

What does this mean for Freeburg?

Restaurants are now able to allow indoor dining at 25% capacity in addition to the outdoor accommodations that several of our members have had available. This is a welcome change for all restaurants, particularly those who have been unable to provide outdoor seating. 

Gatherings of less than 50 people are also being permitted, provided that social distancing is being practiced. The Freeburg Chamber of Commerce will make a decision soon about when to restart in-person meetings. 

Our meetings have been on hiatus during the lockdown, with the Chamber Board of Directors meeting via Zoom. This has unfortunately forced us to cancel and/or postpone several events, including the annual FCC/Freeburg Rotary BBQ and the Chamber Pool Night. 

With our member businesses and Village Pool now open for business with restrictions, please come out and support our community. Stay safe, please follow any safety guidelines that businesses ask of you when visiting their establishments. Shop small, shop local, and shop Freeburg. 

Freeburg Restaurants Open for Curbside Servicev

Freeburg Restaurants Open for Curbside Servicev

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit us all so far. As a community, it’s time to rally together. In light of the “shelter in place” order by the Governor of Illinois, 

Freeburg Country Mart

Freeburg Country Mart is offering no-contact grocery and ready meal pickup. The Village of Freeburg is also delivering groceries to those who need them. There will be a senior-only shopping hour from 7am-8am every day during this crisis. You can order online or call (618) 539-3163.

Reifshneider’s Grill and Grape 

Reifschneider’s is offering carryout curbside service. Call (618) 710-0200 to place an order. 

Tequila Olvera

Tequilas is offering carryout curbside service. Call (618) 539-9820 to place an order. 

Valentine’s Restaurant

Valentine’s is offering carryout curbside service. Call (618) 539-9169 to place an order. 

Freeburg Dominos

Dominoes is providing no-contact carryout and delivery options. Call (618) 710-0333 or visit to place an order. 

Freeburg McDonalds

Freeburg McDonalds has the drive through open. 

Freeburg Dairy Queen

Freeburg Dairy Queen will have their drive through open and curbside service can be ordered on the DQ app. 

88 China 

88 Chine has takeout available. You can order at 618-539-9898. 

Freeburg Subway

Freeburg Subway has an open drive through. 

Please support these establishments as they attempt to cope with this pandemic. We are all in this together as a community. Consider purchasing gift cards for future use and please remember to tip your server. Stay safe and healthy! 

Shop Small this Holiday Season

Shop Small this Holiday Season

Today is Small Business Saturday and it is much more than a name and certainly much more than a marketing gimmick. In a commerce season increasingly by big box store madness on Black Friday and online retailers getting a slice of the action on Cyber Monday, it is important that we have a day to recognize small business. 

Small business has always been the backbone of American communities. These establishments serve the community, create jobs in the community, and pay taxes in the community. They are driven by your friends and your neighbors. Small business is the spitting image of the American dream; an avenue through which an individual can better their life and the life of their family and find freedom and success through hard work. 

As you’re planning your holiday shopping, make sure to keep these pillars of your community in mind. Before you click and shop, give your community a chance for gifts, or for groceries for a holiday meal. 

Freeburg has many great businesses that depend on your support. The Freeburg Chamber of Commerce implores you to visit our member establishments and keep your holiday funds following through the community, Every dollar you spend helps to keep your community strong. 

If you are a member of the Freeburg business community, please consider joining the Freeburg Chamber of Commerce. You can learn more about our membership benefits here, and become a member here. 

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more news and information from the Freeburg Chamber of Commerce. 

Freeburg Community Yard Sale September 14

Freeburg Community Yard Sale September 14

The annual Freeburg Community Yard Sale will be Saturday, September 14. The Community Yard Sale is a chance for community members to clean out the house, raise a few bucks, and welcome shoppers to our community.

Maps with homes participating in the yard sale will be available at Citizens Bank, Midland States Bank, Regions Bank, Ace Hardware, Country Mart, Gary’s Restaurant, and The Freeburg Tribune. The maps will include addresses and a list of available items. Maps will be available September 12.

To be on the map, please send your address and a list of items available to You can also message us on Facebook or Twitter to be included on the map. If your home is out of town, you can reserve a space at the Freeburg Marketplace.

Freeburg Country Mart will also be holding a Fall Festival that day with food available in their parking lot at the Freeburg Marketplace. Sign up before September 10 to be on the map and be eligible to win Freeburg Chamber gift cards!

Freeburg Chamber Seeking Fall Festival Sponsors

Freeburg Chamber Seeking Fall Festival Sponsors

Dear Potential Sponsors,

It’s that time of year to start preparing for the 5th Annual Freeburg Fall Festival featuring a Chili Cookoff for the general public and a special Guns N Hoses Competition for Police and Fire Departments. Over the past few years a number of changes were made to this event including the addition of the “Guns & Hoses” competition portion of the chili cook off. In addition to the “Guns N Hoses”Competition being added we changed locations to the Village Square Park a four years ago, added a large Free Kids Play Area creating a Family Friendly Festival, changed to the Old-Fashioned Beer Buckets, and last of all a Full Public Vote for ourPeople’s Choice competition winner. The 5th annual competition will continue to allow any and all local police and fire departments the opportunity to showcase their department while enjoying friendly competition in vying for the public’s vote to be awarded the prestigious and sought after “Guns N Hoses Cup” traveling trophy that comes with full bragging rights.

We are currently seeking various sponsorship opportunities listed below. All Sponsors will be displayed on signage in the park, mentioned throughout the event and also the Cook Off Winners will have their pictures taken by the proper signage.

1st Place Sponsor – $500 People’s Choice Sponsor – $400 Band Sponsor – $350
Welcome Tent Sponsor – $300 Guns N Hoses Sponsor – $250 2nd Place Sponsor – $200
3rd Place Sponsor – $100

The Event is held to raise money for the Freeburg Food & Clothing Bank along with the Utility Assistance Fund to help under privileged families pay their bills.

If you would like more information or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Matt Trout at 618-410-8077 or

Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off September 28

Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off September 28

The annual Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off is scheduled for Saturday, September 28 from 11 to 7. Last year’s festival was our biggest yet, and this year’s event is shaping up to be huge as well. We will again have Freeburg-themed beer buckets available. The beer buckets include a sleeve and can be refilled with draft beer.

The Chili Cook Off winner is decided by a public vote. Attendees are given a punch card to try all of the chili, and chips to vote on their favorite. Entry into the competition for chili cooks is $35, and entry is free to members of the Freeburg Chamber. If you sign up to cook before September 13, you’ll receive a $75 Country Mart gift card for supplies. 

The Chili Cook Off will also feature a special Guns N’ Hoses competition between police and fire departments. Make sure to support our first responders and vote for your favorite! 

The proceeds of the Chili Cook Off will be donated to the Freeburg Food and Clothing Bank and the Utility Assistance Fund. Last year, the Freeburg Chamber donated $4,223.50 to both organizations. Your support of this event allows us to help needy families in the Freeburg area. The Food and Clothing Bank will also be holding a food drive so please bring canned goods for a worthy cause. 

Make sure you check out the many great businesses our community has to offer. Want to join our ranks? You can become a member of the Freeburg Chamber of Commerce here. There are many benefits to membership. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest on our events. 

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