MIDLOTHIAN

As the cooler months approach, the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce prepares for a season full of entertainment.

To kick things off is the second annual clay shoot on Aug. 17.

Midlothian Chamber of Commerce President Cammy Jackson wanted to schedule the shoot at a time when families could come out with school not in session yet and for others to prepare for a successful dove season.

This year, the venue changed to the TexPlex Park in Midlothian where a light breakfast spread will be served. At about 9 a.m. the competition begins. This event not only raises money for the chamber but trophies will be awarded to the best individual shooter and team. Then, a lunch will be provided. The event is from 8 a.m. — 1 p.m.

“We have one gun sponsor, and we are looking for a couple more because we want to give away some guns because that’s what our culture is like,” Jackson relayed. “Also, depending on what sponsors we get, we might be able to give away some cool swag like a hunting bag for ammo and safety goggles.”

People can register as sponsorships, as a team or as an individual shooter, or a combination of the three. All $700 sponsorship levels include a one to four person team and individuals can register for $200.

“To me, it’s a way to get exposure for your business, but you would also have the opportunity to invite your best clients or make a family outing before school starts or even team building for your employees — incentives for your employees," Jackson elaborated.

The money raised will go right back into the chamber to provide more educational opportunities and really benefit the program of work for the rest of the year.

The deadline for sponsorships is July 31. Children as young as 12 years old can participate in the shoot as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

Visit Midlothianchamber.org to register.

“We wanted to do something fun for the people who may not want to or have the opportunity to participate in our marketplace or Wine and Arts Festival because they don’t have that kind of business but they would want to do something for their employees or themselves and support the chamber," Jackson explained.

FALL EVENTS

For more than 30 years, the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce has hosted an annual auction. This event will change up a little bit this year with exquisite food and exotic auction items.

“That is our biggest fundraiser for the chamber," Jackson shared. "That’s how we fund a lot of our program of work. We have some big sponsorships available. We are selling through a lot of our big sponsorships already,”

They had about 350 people, and she is aiming for the same amount, if not, a little more. The event will be hosted at a new venue for the chamber, Blaine Stone Lodge. They are eliminating the casino and will have a variety of food. They will have a fireworks show and will raffle off spirits.

There will be an open bar, and once dinner is served, beer, wine, and the Blaine Stone Lodge signature drinks will be complimentary.

The chamber has already received some auction items. Jackson relayed that one of the live auction items is a hunting trip in Australia.

“We are taking auction items right now and sponsorships, including table sponsorships,” Jackson added.

On Oct. 20 the Fall Festival will take place at the multipurpose stadium, which will kick off with a cupcake run. On Nov. 10 is the Wine and Arts Festival with new wineries.

For more information on Midlothian Chamber of Commerce events, log onto midlothianchamber.org.