Balloon Days is upon us | Opinion

By Madonna Mogul, Director of the York Region Chamber of Commerce

It all starts Friday, July 15. Our team will be busy hosting 144 golfers and over 20 sponsors for a full day of golf at the annual chamber tournament. York Parks and Recreation will be ready to welcome people to the Family Aquatic Center for a beach party, then wrap up the night with the Dive-in movie featuring “Luca.”

Saturday, July 16 will be a full day of shopping and fun in downtown York and the convention centre! Arrive downtown early to be sure to get the summer deals that await you at the annual sidewalk sales. Sales start at 8 a.m. At 9 a.m., ESI Camp student stores will be open and student entrepreneurs will be ready to see shoppers. Students will be located on the west side of the courthouse.

Also starting at 9 a.m., the Sellers’ Summer Show will take place at York’s City Auditorium. Spend time walking around the show and shopping with the vendors. Start your weekend with delicious waffles from The Waffleman – the trailer will be parked at the Holthus Convention Center from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 16 as part of Transportation Exploration.

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Starting at 10 a.m., the York County Development Corporation hosted the Adult Participation Fair. There will be several not-for-profit organizations set up in York City Center to visit shoppers on service opportunities. Also at 10 a.m., the City of York will open the doors to the Anna Bemis Palmer Classroom located at 520 North Grant Avenue. The organizers have set up exhibitions for everyone to enjoy. As a special treat, there will be a special exhibition on York’s iconic water tower.

Kilgore Memorial Library will host its final chapter of the summer programme, Oceans of Possibilities. It will start at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., York Parks and Recreation will cool things down with the help of the York Fire Department with the citywide water balloon fight on Nebraska Avenue between Fifth and Sixth street. What’s the best treat after a water fight? Popsicles of course! The Emmanuel Lutheran Church Outreach group will be handing out free popsicles (while supplies last) in the library parking lot.

All that shopping and entertainment is sure to make people hungry. No problem there because the York County Health Coalition has teamed up with the Midwest BBQ Association for a barbecue contest that’s sure to please everyone. The group will serve delicious barbecue and sides around 3 p.m. on the north side of the courthouse. The cost is $15 for an adult plate and $10 for a child plate. Bring your appetite and support the York County Health Coalition. To date, 13 teams have signed up to cook, and organizers are still talking with interested participants. Saturday will end with Parks and Recreation hosting a cornhole tournament at the city auditorium starting at 6 p.m.

The Chamber will kick off Sunday at the York County Fairgrounds (25th and Nebraska) with the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus. The circus has been out of town for nearly 20 years. Show times are 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Chamber crew members will sell tickets in advance during sidewalk sales and transportation exploration. Day tickets will be available at the circus at a higher price. York Parks and Recreation will be ready to wrap up the weekend with family fun from 3-5 p.m. and end the day with “Soaring High,” all taking place at the Family Aquatic Center.

What a great weekend ahead of us and we can’t wait to see everyone in York.

Big things are happening at Red Couch Counseling and Thrive Counseling Services, both located at 223 East 8th Street. They have opened their doors and are ready to cut the ribbon with the chamber ambassadors and show their space to the public. Join the teams from both organizations as they host [email protected] on Thursday, July 21 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Visits will take place and you will have the chance to visit with the group how their services can be useful to you. Join the York Chamber of Commerce at [email protected] hosted by Red Couch Counseling and Thrive Counseling on Thursday, July 21.

Applications to Leadership York are now open. If you or someone within your company or organization is interested in being part of the class, complete the application at: https://yorkchamber.org/leadership-york/.

Summer is flying by and Yorkfest 2022 will be here before you know it. This year’s theme is “There’s No Place Like Home”. We encourage everyone to pre-register for the events and the parade. Registrations for several events are now online at www.yorkfest.com/yorkfest. There will be more specific details about Yorkfest coming soon!