Believe it or not, it's only 51 days until the 51st Tehachapi Mountain Festival, and I know that the days will fly by.
For newcomers, you might want to know that this great community celebration features a parade, wonderful doings in the Philip Marx Central Park and a host of activities. During the same weekend the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association puts on a great PRCA rodeo and we also have the Thunder on the Mountain Car Show downtown.
It's Tehachapi's biggest event of the year and the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce is very proud to oversee an event that truly is beloved in Tehachapi, by old-timers, newcomers and everyone in between.
A number of Tehachapi High School classes schedule their reunions on festival weekend so they have a chance to visit friends, family and enjoy the festivities all at once.
I know from past years that one of the things on parents' minds about this time is how to get discount carnival tickets. This year they will go on sale Monday, July 21, and can be purchased at the Chamber office. Tickets will be a sheet of 20 tickets for $14. Aug. 17 will be "Pay One Price" day. The discount price for a wristband that will enable you to ride as often as you like will be $20. The last day to purchase your discounted tickets is Thursday, Aug. 14, at 3 p.m. Please note that time -- every year we have latecomers disappointed because they didn't notice that we close at 3 that day!
And, don't forget the parade. Entries will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 8, at 4 p.m. Parade entry forms are available at the Chamber office or online at www.tehachapimountainfestival.com.
This year's theme is "From Native Ways to Current Days" which was the inspiration of Leslie Nuckolls and soon you'll see the lovely artwork created by 'hachapi Tees on posters, t-shirts and other places (like the Good Time badges -- I'll tell you all about them in next month's column).
The festival is not just fun, a good number of organizations rely on the money they make at related fundraisers to provide programs throughout the year.
Give us a call at the Chamber office if you have any questions.
And if you want to advertise in the only official program published for the Tehachapi Mountain Festival, contact the Tehachapi News at 822-6828 before the July 15 deadline. The News shares a portion of the revenue with the Chamber to help support the festival, something we really appreciate.
Our new Business Watch program is developing nicely and we're happy to join with local law enforcement officials to help businesses combat crime.
For information, give me a call.
Here are some Chamber programs coming up in July, brought to you by our membership. We've been representing Tehachapi business since 1968 and we're able to bring you programs like these because of the support of our member businesses and organizations:
* Wednesday, July 9 -- Chamber Mixer hosted by imortgage
* Tuesday, July 15 -- Monthly Chamber Networking Luncheon
Details of the above events can be found on the community calendar at Tehachapi.com
The Chamber also sponsors a great Community Calendar and you don't have to be a member to have your organization's activities listed. Visit Tehachapi.com and click on Calendar to view it; to add an event or meeting email you information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IDA PERKINS is President of the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce. Send her email to: email@example.com or call her at 822-4180. The Chamber office is located at 209 E. Tehachapi Blvd. and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed for lunch from 1 to 2 p.m.).