Chamber Director's Blog

Chambers at the Fair

Tomorrow, 25 August, marks the opening day of the Gogebic County Fair at the Ironwood fairgrounds.   In addition to all the usual Fair excitement (races, cows, prize vegetables, carnival, fair music), you will find at the GCF Exposition Building (West end) an exceptionally fine Gogebic Chambers of Commerce booth.  Full of individual business brochures & cards, maps, Hiawatha statue restoration giving opportunity, Ironwood Chamber Summer Raffle ticket sale, event listings, nice pictures on the wall, etc., this booth is a chance to acquaint county residents with the fact that there are 5 chambers of commere in Gogebic County:  Ironwood, Bessemer, Wakefield, Watersmeet, and Lake Gogebic.   Last year, many passers-by expressed amazement that such was the case, having "no idea."   That is the purpose of the booth--to raise awareness on part of county residents that there ARE five active Chambers of Commerce, having a combined business membership in the hundreds!   These businesses sell goods, create things, fix things, hire folks, and, in many cases, actively contribute to community organizations and events through monetary or in-kind donations.   By joining a Chamber of Commerce, these businesses reaffirm their dedication to community and county-wide economic cooperation to enhance both local and regional development.   Stop by the booth!  Look over the pictures!  Take a map!  Buy a raffle ticket (only $5)!   And--sign our guest register (you only have to put your first name--the idea is to create a "signature wall" that visually brings home just how interconnected Gogebic County businesses are with their individual communities.