Chamber postpones spring events

    The St. James Chamber of Commerce announced it will be postponing a spring demolition derby, Sip n’ Savor, and a job fair due to state and local shelter in place orders.


    A demolition derby was scheduled for April 18, but has been moved to Friday, June 19. The Chamber contracted with Twisted Metal Promotions as a new event this year.
    For the first time in its 11 years, Sip n’ Savor will not take place on the first Saturday in May, having been postponed until July 11. “For those folks that bought tickets already, those will be honored,” Chamber Director Robin Ziegler explained. The annual wine, beer, microbrew, and food festival is still shaping up to be one of the biggest yet, but Ziegler said there was too much uncertainty whether the city would be back to normal operation in a month, so the decision was made to postpone the event until this summer.
    Tickets will remain on sale for those wanting to purchase them in advance to save money. Tickets are $30 in advance until May 1. Tickets on the day of the event will be $35. Plans are to open the downtown area from noon until 6 p.m., with sipping from 2 to 6 p.m. Live entertainment will take place in the downtown plaza throughout the event.
    Those wanting to purchase tickets or to learn more about the event are encouraged to visit https//stjameschamber.net/sip-n-savor/ to do so. After purchasing a ticket, participants can bring their email receipt to the check-in table to get their wine glass and gift bags.
    Finally, the chamber has cancelled its spring job fair indefinitely. The fair was scheduled for April 21, but the Chamber will reevaluate once businesses return to normal operations. “We want to see when our businesses open back up. A lot depends on the economic impact (on them),” Zeigler explained. The job fair was a new initiative the Chamber was trying to help the community in various ways.
    “We have selected three new events this year and one was the job fair. Another one we had is in September with a health fair and then we have a home fair,” Ziegler explained. “The home fair would be to help first time home buyers and things like that.”
    She said the Chamber will be reevaluating this year’s events as the statewide and local shelter in place orders remain in effect and will offer these events once health officials and local governmental agencies deem normal activity can take place again.

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