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Girard Chamber of Commerce March report

Enquirer Democrat Reporter

The Girard Chamber of Commerce released an expanded list of upcoming events and discussed a couple of project-related matters at its March meeting.

Upcoming events

Upcoming events for the North Macoupin community included an April 2 Health Fair scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon; Adult Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Apr. 6 (rain date Apr. 13) at Oak Hills; the April 7 Festival Days organizational meeting at the city’s Community Center; the April 20 Job Fair scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Mac High School in Virden; the June 8 Girard city-wide yard sales; Festival Days July 26, 27, 28; and Pumpkin Festival October 12.


Casey Claypool announced various Route 66 projects that were underway.

She additionally covered events associated with Festival Days, and plans that were being made for a Car Show plus live entertainment.

Per Claypool, “efforts to obtain a $40,000 grant for Chamber projects lacked qualifications, citing financials and insufficient loss during COVID. Establishing Chamber as a non-profit may help in future grant application endeavors.”

Bill Giles briefly spoke on the specific supplies (paint, etc.) needed to add business names to Girard’s four-way stop sign;

Membership dues and signage fees are being mailed and Festival Days booklet sales committee members will soon be making calls for sponsors.

Other business

Police Chief Meredith announced that Rovey Irby had joined the city’s police department full-time.

Michelle Hoover reported that an estimate of 20 participants partook in the Courtyard’s “Barbie” party and also suggested a community clean-up day could perhaps be scheduled.

Next meeting

The Girard Chamber of Commerce meets 7 a.m. Wed., Apr. 10 at Courtyard Estates.