Chamber Banquet once again adding fun twist with decorating contest

January 6, 2019

For the second year, the Schuyler Area Chamber of Commerce is adding a bit of pizzazz to its annual banquet by hosting a table decorating contest.

The idea is pretty simple. Local businesses and residents who have the inkling can market themselves or just have a bit of fun by decorating the numerous tables present during the community celebration being held on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at the Oak Ballroom in Schuyler, 175 Higgins Drive.

“This is the second year that we’ve done this. It’s something I came up with to try last year and everyone just had so much fun that we decided we wanted to do it again,” Chamber Executive Director Jackie Farrell said.

This year’s theme is “Light It Up,” tying in with the holiday and New Year festivities. Thirteen businesses participated in 2017 and Farrell said she hopes to have at least that many participants this year, noting that she already has some that have registered.

A limited number of tables are available, so those with interest or looking to make a table reservation are being asked to contact Farrell at 402-352-0123, send an email at schuylerchamber@gmail.com or simply swing by the chamber office at 1119 B. St., Suite No. 3. Those interested in learning more about the Chamber Banquet itself can follow the same channels.

Farrell said that participants are being asked to design a table centerpiece that ties directly in with the “Light It Up” theme. Those attending the $20 banquet have the opportunity to vote on what they deem the best design, and ultimately, the top-three table layouts will receive prizes.

The idea is for people and business organizations to promote themselves and have the community learn more about what they do, and because of this, those involved with decorating a table won’t sit at their decoration’s location while enjoying the prime rib dinner, Farrell said.

Those participating will decorate their tables from 4-6 p.m. Friday at the venue leading up to Saturday’s celebration. Farrell said the banquet is always a fun time, noting that the evening is a community affair. There will be great food and entertainment provided by a comic magician, along with performances from dancers associated with Studio A Dance Academy.

“It’s also not a super long evening, so people can come out for some fun laughs, good food and socialize with some people they may not normally see,” she said. “The awards are also good, too, because you can see what a difference so many people make in the community.”

Sam Pimper is the news editor of the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at sam.pimper@lee.net

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