Can't say thanks enough for July 4th show!

Chamber Notes, by Kellie Sites

Now that the 4th of July has come and gone again, I’m still marveling at what goes into our amazing fireworks show. Last week we had a big thank you spot listing our sponsors and naming some names – I hope you took notice of that and will think about that as you make your purchasing decisions!

Shopping local does matter. If you are not spending your dollars in Waconia, our businesses can’t employ and do all the good things that they do for our community.

There were a few people left off of that list that I want to mention today … thanks to Waconia Farm Supply and Darrol Bussler for your contributions! Every contribution goes directly into purchasing fireworks, so the more we receive, the bigger the show.

Who fires off the show? These men spent days setting it up and cleaning it up: Dave Brockpahler, Tom Kaliher, Kim Mackenthun, Ryan Christiansen, Brian Root, Dan Mielke, Kevin Mielke, Ron Everson, Tracy Everson, Larry Harris, David Mohn, Joe Williams, Bob Dressen, Butch Lewis, Jason Strand, Jim Larsen, Brad Schmitt, Andy Fiebelkorn, Loren Anderson and Mike Gieske.

While they do everything according to safety regulations, it’s still dangerous and time consuming!

Getting the show over to Coney Island is also a challenge. The barge, owned by Gabriel Jabbour and transported by Tom Niccum of Minnetonka Portable Dredging really makes this show from the island possible. Thank you! Thanks also to Dermot Cowley for his contributions and Chris Anderson for his time and expert barge driving skills.

Finally – thanks for sticking around town and inviting your friends to watch the show! There were hundreds of boats on the water and countless folks watching from every vantage point possible. There were folks from Maple Grove and Ohio sitting next to me, first visit to Waconia and loving every minute of it! We hope you enjoyed the show and you’ll think about contributing for next year.

At the Chamber, we’re visiting existing businesses to get a pulse on how businesses are faring in Waconia. In this economy especially, every business must bring their "A" game every day. New businesses coming to town will bring more jobs and new shoppers, which should benefit our existing businesses.

We’re in full swing preparing for ground breakings, ribbon cuttings and our 6th Annual Golf Scramble which helps to ensure that the Chamber keeps running. For a full listing of Chamber member businesses, to find a business or service you need, for events in Waconia, please click on the Events Tab on our website, Shop, Dine and Play in Waconia First. Hope to see you on July 20th or 21st at the Rodeo!