The Choteau Chamber of Commerce members met on Oct. 23 and discussed activities for the 2020 Fourth of July celebration, including what to do for a signature 3rd of July event.
The Chamber of Commerce holds an community meeting in October every year to hear from the various groups and businesses that sponsor events during the Independence Day bash to improve collaboration and prevent scheduling conflicts.
Chamber member Chris Hindoien said he has been working independently in recent months to determine whether Choteau might have the volunteer and financial capacity to bring a country act to the Choteau Rodeo Grounds on July 3rd — like the Choteau Jaycees did in the 1990s and the several other organizations have done since.
Hindoien said the Sons of the American Legion have held boxing smokers, cage fights and last year a Tim Montana concert, but they are not planning to host a big July 3rd event in 2020.
He said he has financial backing for $10,000 and wanted to know whether Chamber would be interested in supporting his efforts as well.
Chamber board member Steve Dogiakos said he would work with Hindoien to see whether they could come up with a steering committee and volunteers to work on a concert project.
Chamber President Tom Frownfelder said if Hindoien can put together a concert, the Chamber may consider not hosting its bluegrass and brews event in the City Park on the 3rd, but instead helping with the concert by running the beer concession there.
Anyone interested in helping Hindoien and Dogiakos is encouraged to contact them. Hindoien operates Rocky Mountain Insurance Services and Dogiakos works from home operating an online retail business called Golden Triangle Goods.
Other events scheduled during the 4th of July celebration include:
•Friday, July 3: Got Grit? obstacle course, Soroptimists’ Summer Festival in the Park, Chamber beer garden and bluegrass music in Park, Soroptimists’ duck races, Choteau Community Band Concert in the Park.
•Saturday, July 4: Bright Eyes’ bake sale, Rocky’s Road 4-mile and 1-mile fun runs, Chamber parade and steak fry, American Legion rodeo, community fireworks display.
Anyone who is planning a Fourth of July weekend event should contact the Chamber of Commerce to make sure the listing is added to the community calendar.
In other action at the meeting, Chamber members heard that two board members have terms that expire: President Tom Frownfelder and Two Medicine Dinosaur Center representative Stacia Martineau’s terms expire in December.
The Chamber has appointed a nominating committee to present a slate of candidates to be voted on at the next meeting. Anyone interested in serving should contact Kayla Breen, Mandy Wick or Melody Martinsen.
Events coming up in November include: the District 1B volleyball tournament at Choteau High School, Nov. 1-2; the Choteau Soroptimists’ winter fair, Nov. 9, at the Choteau Pavilion; a Choteau Arts class on painting landscapes on Nov. 9 (preregister by calling 590-2549); the Choteau Elementary School’s Veterans’ Day program on Nov. 8; and the American Legion’s Veterans’ Day dinner on Nov. 11.
Plans are being made now for the Choteau Chamber Christmas Stroll on Saturday, Dec. 7. Events will include special holiday store hours and in-store specials; a free holiday movie at the Roxy Theatre; the United Methodist Church youth food drive; fire truck rides with Santa Claus and visits with Santa Claus; horse-drawn wagon rides; a bonfire; vendors with booths in the Scout Hall and other locations, and the Parade of Lights and at the front of the parade, the Jingle Bell Jog.
Anyone vendors wanting to line up space during the stroll should contact Dogiakos.
Chamber members also reviewed a list of events planned in 2020, including:
January: 17-18, Choteau Classic wrestling tournament at CHS.
February: 1, Ice golf at Eureka Reservoir; 2, Chamber Chili Cook-off in conjunction with the Super Bowl game; 8, Cub Scout Pinewood Derby; 25, Knights of Columbus Shrove Tuesday pancake feed.
March: 27-29, spring bird migration festival; 28, Old Trail Museum Wild Game Feed and auction; TBA, Teton Weatherbeater dinner.
April: 4, GOP Shrimp Peel; 11, Chamber Easter egg hunt and fireworks fundraiser.
May: 22, Choteau Visitors Center opens; 24, CHS graduation.
June: 6-7, Choteau Yoga Festival; 23-26, Teton County 4-H Fair.
July: (See above.)
September: 5, Choteau Ranch Rodeo; 11-12, Benefis Teton Medical Center 31st annual Shadows of the Past art auction; TBA, TASGA Threshing Bee; TBA, United Methodist Church fall dinner.
October: TBA Trinity Lutheran Church lutefisk supper.
November: all dates TBA, CES Veterans’ Day program, Sorotimists’ Winter Fair; American Legion Veterans’ Day Dinner.
December: 5, Chamber Christmas Stroll, including: free holiday movie at the Roxy Theatre, Parade of Lights, wagon rides, visits with Santa, bonfire, holiday shopping hours and vendors.