From animal shows to live music, the upcoming Walker County Ag Festival has plenty of fun for the whole family. Enjoy all it has to offer on Saturday, September 30 from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm at the Walker County Ag Building.
Admission is free. For more information on vendors, contests, and scheduling, please click here.
The Chamber has nearly reached full capacity for the 2017 Walker County Gala. You won't want to miss out on this highly anticipated event, so be sure to register within the next week to secure your table.
Guests will enjoy a social hour, dinner, and live music and dancing. The highlight of this annual event will be the announcement of the Walker County Citizen of the Year.
Blowing Springs Farm returns this fall with an aMAiZEing family adventure awaiting guests of all ages! The award-winning event’s 16th season begins Friday, September 29, and continues every Friday through Sunday until October 29, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Recently added activities at the farm include pedal carts, duck races, a pumpkin market, corn hole, an interactive playground with tunnel slides, and of course - a new corn maze design! 2017’s Enchanted MAiZE path celebrates Rock City’s 85th anniversary year, where each season there is a new reason to see Rock City!
Bagby’s Critter Corral (www.bagbyscrittercorral.com) is a petting zoo onsite with mini Scottish Highland cows, donkeys and a horse, plus goats, sheep, rabbits, alpacas and a pot-bellied pig.
Other returning activities include the cow train, hay ride, corn crib station, corn slingshots and pumpkin painting (additional cost). Also enjoy funnel cakes, fried Oreos or boiled peanuts.
Blowing Springs Farm is a 2017 Top 20 Event by Southeast Tourism Society. Admission is $10 per person (ages four and up) and includes four tokens, with the option to purchase additional tokens. For more info on farm activities and operating times, go to www.blowingspringsfarm.com.
Free Entrance to Point Park & Volunteer Opportunity at Chickamauga Battlefield in Celebration of National Public Lands Day
National Public Lands Day is the time to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. So come to Point Park, atop Lookout Mountain, where Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is waiving the entrance fee on Saturday, September 30, 2017.
Come enjoy the beautiful views of Chattanooga and its surrounding areas. During the day, ranger-guided programs, lasting between 30 and 45 minutes, are given at 11 am and 2 pm, beginning inside the Point Park entrance gate.
National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. This year’s activity is located at Chickamauga Battlefield and will focus on the walking path located at the historic Brotherton Cabin (Tour Stop 4) in Chickamauga Battlefield. Sign-up will start at 8:30 am in the lower parking lot of the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. Come dressed for outdoor work and wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty. For safety reasons and due to the nature of the work, clothing should include long-sleeved shirts, long pants, work gloves, and tennis shoes or work boots. Prepare for the sun with a cap, sunscreen, bug spray, and plenty of water to drink.
For more information about Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241, the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at 423-821-7786, or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/chch.
Enjoy a delicious spaghetti lunch while raising funds for Camp New Dawn on Sunday, September 24 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm.
The lunch will take place at the Second Baptist of LaFayette gym, and you are welcome to dine-in or carryout. Pricing is $7.50 for adults and $5.00 for children under 10, but a family discount will be available. Plates include side items, salad, dessert, and drink.
All proceeds will go toward camper scholarships and programming needs. To learn more, call 706-539-2235.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and The Family Crisis Center will mark the occassion with their annual Tea and Trends event on Saturday, October 21 at 12:00 pm in the Walker County Civic Center.
This event will include lunch, a fashion show, door prizes, and silent auction items. There will also be two domestic violence speakers from our community, as well as a candle lighting vigil honoring the lives lost in Georgia due to domestic violence.
Table sponsorships are $200 for eight seats. Individual seats are available for $30. If you, your business, or group would like to support The Family Crisis Center by sponsoring a table or donating a door prize or silent auction item, please contact Kristy Lawson at 706-375-7180.
WDEF in Chattanooga, TN has an opening for a part-time Production Technician. Duties include but are not limited to audio, lighting, studio camera, teleprompter, and editing.
Successful candidates will have a minimum of two years studio experience or college related courses and must be capable of working evenings and weekends. To apply, please send your resume to the WDEF Human Resources Deptartment at 3300 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37408.
Did you know that 43% of the small businesses that experience a disruptive natural disaster will never recover? Given the recent severe weather in our region, there's no better time to learn more about disaster preparedness and recovery options.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Disaster Help Desk exists to help small businesses stay prepared before, during, and after a natural disaster. They are an invaluable resource for learning about recovery best practices and connecting impacted businesses with the assistance programs they need.
Download the Small Business Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Quick Guides
Eighteen high school students from LaFayette and Ridgeland recently traveled to the Georgia World Congress Center to participate in the kick-off rally for the Secretary of State's Student Ambassador Program.
Coordinated locally through Walker County Schools and the Walker County Chamber of Commerce, the program is part of a statewide initiative created by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in 2016.
The goal is to provide Georgia's high school students with an opportunity to engage as leaders within their schools and communities. Through the program, students gain leadership experience by engaging in Georgia civics, encouraging voter registration among their peers and volunteering within their communities.
“As a Chamber, we look for ways to strengthen our community by developing future leaders. Through our partnership with Walker County Schools, this is one way that we’re working toward that goal,” said Lacey Wilson, President of the Walker County Chamber.
During the 2016-2017 school year, more than 100 high schools across Georgia participated in the program.
Throughout the year, each school’s team will organize and carry out various events, receiving points towards the statewide competition. The school with the most points at the end of the year is recognized at the State Capitol.
“We are excited about this partnership with the Walker County Chamber of Commerce and the enhanced opportunities that will be available to our students as ambassadors within their respective school and community,” said Damon Raines, Superintendent of Walker County Schools.
Students from LaFayette High School meet with Secretary of State Brian Kemp during the kickoff event for the Student Ambassador Program.
Ridgeland students arrive at the Georgia World Congress Center to participate in the Student Ambassador Program rally. The program teaches Georgia civics, encourages voter registration and volunteerism.