Archive for Thursday, June 18, 2009

Chamber of Commerce effort again impressive

June 18, 2009

About six years ago, the De Soto Chamber of Commerce began providing musical entertainment at its annual banquet. Under the leadership of past chamber President Dave Moore, the chamber’s musical tradition morphed into what proved to be a popular blues and barbecue fundraiser and was opened up to the entire community. On Saturday, the chamber will take the next step in the evolution of its musical fundraiser with its first Country Concert.

The concert will feature Tracy Byrd, who will travel to De Soto after performing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry Friday evening.

The concert’s country music and ticket prices were designed, in part, to provide an entertainment opportunity that would appeal and be affordable to many in the community. At the same time, it was hoped the concert would allow De Soto to show off and introduce its new Riverfest Park.

If the weather cooperates as now expected, it should do just that. A quality evening is assured by the presence of the famed Oklahoma Joe’s restaurant, Mr. Goodcents and the other vendors who will help keep concert-goers well fed and hydrated during the long June evening. Chamber Director Sara Ritter has proved to be a good event organizer and adept at welcoming the help of others organizations to share in the workload and the fundraising opportunities it offers.

The concert is very much an invitation to all in the community to enjoy the new park in a showcase event, which we encourage all to accept.

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