PV Chamber gets thrown a brick

By Bonnie Seymour

News Star Reporter

With the announcement that Main Street was closing its doors last week, many wondered what would become of Brickfest, scheduled for Saturday, September 26.

At the regular meeting of the Pauls Valley Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, August 18, Chamber President Sherri Wing announced that the City of Pauls Valley has handed the reigns over to them, giving them a short time to put together a big event.

“We have the challenge of pulling off Brickfest in five weeks,” said Wing during her presidents report portion of the meeting.

Coming back up a bit later, Pauls Valley City Manager James Frizell elaborated a little bit more on the festival, saying right now the main focus is getting this year’s event done.

“We certainly hope it is something we can enjoy in the long term,” Frizell stated.

Wing’s vision is to have vendors set up from the alley near the Chamber office going east down Paul Street and to have food vendors near the Depot, with tables set up under the newly erected pavilion.

According to new Pauls Valley Tourism Director Jason Selman, the brick toss contest will be a go as always, as well as a pie eating contest.

Those wishing to become a Brickfest vendor or volunteer need to contact the Chamber office.

The current deadline for vendors is Friday, September 18.

Also at the meeting was the new Pauls Valley Superintendent, Mike Martain.

After giving a brief overview of his twenty years in the education field, Martain explained why he made the career move from Davis to Pauls Valley.

“Why Pauls Valley?  It’s a great place.  An opportunity was offered and I took it,” said Martain.

“There’s good people everywhere I go,” Martain went on.

Martain also stated that he looks forward to working with the Chamber in the future.

Other news from the meeting includes:

Jessie Bridgeman with the Oklahoma Department of Health was on hand to get businesses, schools, and individuals in the know about becoming certified healthy.

“These schools are actually throwing money away,” said Bridgeman, after telling the room that Whitebead is the only school district that has applied in Garvin County.

The registration period is from September 1 – November 1.

For more information visit certifiedhealthyok.com.

The new Pauls Valley Arts Council President is Michael Jones.  Vacating the spot is Mike Dyson.

The American Cancer Society will be hosting a Lunch and Learn inside the Chamber Thursday, August 27 at noon.

The event is free to the public, though donations will be accepted.

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