Chili Cookoff: I like it Sunny and 75!

It was a gorgeous weekend at the Mississippi Riverfront park in Clarksville Missouri. Saturday was a perfect day for the International Chili Society (ICS) Clarksville Missouri Regional Chili Cookoff! Chili, Music, Drinks, Chili, Dancing, Snow Cones, and more Chili! I had them all!

I don’t have the list of winners with me, but I’ll get them in this post this week!

Get your recipes ready for next year. You might be cooking next to me. See you next year!

Clarksville Community Chamber of Commerce March Newsletter

Clarksville Community Chamber of Commerce March Newsletter

Clarksville Community Chamber of Commerce March Newsletter

Spring is here, and it almost feels like summer. The weather has been great for outdoor activities and the St Louis Cardinals are already on their way to 12 in 2012. Locally, the weatherman doesn’t think it’s going to flood, and my buddy says we may be in for a bad year of stormy weather! I can’t remember the last time we had tornadoes in February.

Clarksville just finished the 50 Miles of Art Studio Tours over March 24th and 25th. Many shops, houses, and art studios opened their doors from Clarksville to Hannibal on a beautiful spring weekend.

Coming up: April 28th will be the second annual Diva Day in Clarksville. Gather your best girlfriends, your sisters, your Mom and head to Clarksville, Missouri’s DIVA DAY! The first 100 Divas get a free “Diva Bag” embellished by Clarksville Artists. Stay the weekend, shop, get free handmade goodies from selected stores.

Clarksville Community Chamber of Commerce December Newsletter

Clarksville Community Chamber of Commerce December Newsletter Cover

Newsletter Cover

Available as a PDF download now. I’ll be pulling some articles out as separate blog posts soon.

Clarksville Community Chamber of Commerce December Newsletter

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History of the Community Chamber…

of Commerce of course… Realizing the importance of having civic organizations which would have the welfare and advancement of Clarksville as its main purpose, a group of local businessmen organized a Merchant Association as a medium for promoting and advertising Clarksville as a desirable trading center in March, 1934.

One of the Merchant Association’s first projects was to give out a coupon for each dollar a customer spent, and on Saturday afternoons, hold a drawing at the corner of Front and Howard for various small prizes, but one prize cow! This came to be known as Cow Day and drew large crowds to town.

In 1935 the Merchants Association helped the government determine the location of the Mississippi River Lock and Dam #24. And by 1938, the Merchants Association had officially become the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce.

Over the years, the Chamber has been instrumental in bringing business to Clarksville.

  • Mississippi River Lock and Dam #24
  • Paving Highway 79, and other city streets
  • Building a municipal light plant
  • Organizing a Fire Department

Today’s Community Chamber of Commerce is open to both business and individuals. Anyone and everyone with interest in our community is welcome to join the Chamber. Stop by a monthly meeting and help discuss what you think needs to be going on in the community. They’re held at the Clarksville Visitor Center. Check back here for specific dates.

What’s Happening… on the web?

The Clarksville Community Chamber of Commerce just mailed their latest monthly newsletter. They’re doing their best to let you know what is happening around Clarksville. And God bless, they’re sending it out through the USPS. We hope you received one. If you did, let them know what you thought. Or let us know, we’re practically the same people!

This is the Visit Clarksville Blog. We’ll be working closely with the Community Chamber and try to make this the online version of the newsletter. Hopefully we can create a community place to uncover, publish, and archive the news, events, interviews, and history that makes Clarksville a pretty interesting place. Let us know if you’re interested in collaborating.

And next… the November newsletter articles.