ANNUAL CHAMBER EVENTS
The Chamber holds The Christmas in the Valley Craft Fair the first Saturday in December at Mountain Valley High School. Crafters from all over Maine display their wares during the Christmas season. This fair has 56-63 crafters and is a juried craft fair so everything is either hand-made or home-made. This is a craft fair not to be missed. Sign up today to be part of the fair.
The Christmas in the Valley Parade is slated for Dec.9th.
Christmas in the Valley
1st weekend in December.
Christmas in the Craft Fair December 1st
Christmas in the Valley in the River Valley kick off the holiday festivities with the Christmas in the Valley Craft Fair on Dec. 1st.
On Saturday, Dec. 1st, the Christmas in the Valley Craft Fair sponsored by the River Valley Chamber of Commerce takes place at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford from 9-2pm. 56 crafters and 7 home-based businesses will feature their crafts and wares. $1 donation at the door will help provide food baskets for families of high school kids @ Mountain Valley High.
Come early to pick up your holiday cookies at the always popular Cookie Walk where over 70 dozen will be on hand. The Kid’s Corner, under the supervision of a young adult’s group will run from 10-1pm. The children can come and play games.
Need a great Christmas gift? A Longaberger basket filled with gift certificates/cards from local merchants is the new raffle item. Raffle tickets are $1 for one or 6 for $5. These tickets will be available at the Christmas in the Valley table located near the door as you enter the gym. Proceeds from this go to the scholarship funds for Mountain Valley High & Dirigo High. Stop by the Christmas in the Valley booth to buy your tickets.
Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Chinese Auction where each crafter present will donate one of their wares to be raffled off to one of you very lucky people.
As always, the kitchen will be stocked with breakfast and lunch menu items so plan on having breakfast and lunch with us at the fair.
If you are a new business and would like the Chamber to do a Ribbon Cutting call the Chamber Office @ 364-3241 and schedule one today!
The Annual Franklin Savings Bank/River Valley Chamber/River Valley Rotary Charity Golf Tournament.
There is no better way to network than through a Business After Hours with YOUR local Chamber! Contact the Chamber Administrator today to schedule your time with your fellow Chamber Members, Community Members or a particular guest list. We are waiting to help you network, support your community and urge your community to support you. The only cost to you is what you choose to offer: refreshments, prizes, raffles…it’s all up to you! The Chamber would love to schedule one Business After Hours per month throughout the year. Sign up today! ***Submitting an email does NOT guarantee scheduling. Be creative! Partner with a business friend. Showcase both of your businesses. One of you provides the space and the other provides food and drinks. This is networking at it’s best!
The River Valley Chamber of Commerce and Mexico Firemen’s Relief Association are pleased to announce that they will be hosting the Annual Easter Egg Hunt once again on March 31, 2018.
The Annual Easter Egg Hunt is held the Saturday before Easter Sunday. This year there will be an egg hunt starting at 6am for kids 8 to 12 in the area towns with clues read over WMPF 91.1 FM. The second egg hunt will start at 9am behind the Mexico Fire Station for kids up to age 7. The River Valley Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Mexico Firemen’s Relief Association to fill 250 baskets . The goodies for the baskets are provided by area businesses, organizations and individuals with a $10 donation. All are welcome to contribute to this wonderful event.
We encourage you to participate by sponsoring a basket for $10. We are very thankful for all our volunteers and sponsors ~ they are the ones that make this event a success!
Special thanks to our egg sponsors for 2017:
Dixfield Economic Development , Mountain Valley Variety, Hope Association, New England Agency, Erik Designs, Advantage Insurance, WeeCare Daycare, Riverside Realty, Lisa’s Barber Shop, The Law Office of Peter J. Kaynor, LLC, Towles Corner Store, Franklin Savings Bank, Aubuchon Hardware, Ralph’s Driving School, Mountain View Eyecare, Dunkin Donuts, Ellis Pond Variety, Sherwood Motors, Rumford House of Pizza, Adley Auto Sales & Service.
Annual Chamber Dinner & Awards Banquet
At the Chamber’s Annual Dinner on April 26th, 2018 (5) five awards will be presented honoring achievements and contributions made by Chamber members and community leaders in the River Valley area. The awards are as follows:
Business Person/Business of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Customer Service of the Year
Non-Profit/Community Service Leadership Award
Employee of the Year
The Chamber is now soliciting nominations for these awards. Those interested in helping in the selection of nominations should return their nomination letter to The Chamber by Mar. 13th, 2018.
Business Person/Business of the Year– This award recognizes a businessperson or business, which has made significant investments in supporting the region’s economic growth, expanded employment opportunities through the establishment of a new business or business expansion or has set a new leadership standard for business innovation and quality. Eligibility: River Valley Chamber Members Only.
Volunteer of the Year– This award recognizes individual or group efforts, which have made significant contributions in the quality of life or the enhancement of community or regional assets. It also recognizes accomplishments achieved through non-profit organizations, public sector committees, or businesses.
Customer Service Award– This award recognizes a business whose employees have gone beyond the call of duty to provide outstanding customer service in the River Valley area. Eligibility: River Valley Chamber Members Only.
Non-Profit/Community Service Leadership Award– This award recognizes a group effort which has made a significant contribution in the enhancement of community or regional involvement in the River Valley area.
Employee of the Year Award- This distinction is awarded to an individual who displays outstanding work ethic, a cooperative nature among fellow employees, and contributes to the success of the company. Eligibility: River Valley Chamber Members Only.
Franklin Savings/River Valley Chamber/River Valley Rotary Annual Charity Golf Tournament
The 15th Annual Franklin Savings Bank, River Valley Chamber/River Valley Rotary Charity Golf Tournament was held on July 11th @ the Oakdale Country Club in Mexico. 16 teams of 4 played the 9-hole course twice for a chance to win an automobile. The vehicle was not won but other prizes were awarded to the following:
1st Place Gross—R.A. Tibbetts Team
2nd Place Gross—The Fitch Company Team
3rd Place Gross—Bethel Rotary Club
1st Place Net—the Palmer Family
2nd Place Net—Paychex Payroll Services
3rd Place Net—Savage Land Development
Worst Score—MedCare Ambulance Service
Longest Drive for the Men—Jonah Williams
Longest Drive for the Women—Lisa Burger
Closest to pin # 17—Mike Kersey, Jr.
Closest to pin #8—Zack Cunningham
Closest to pin #4—Andy Ricker
Closest to line #2 Rusty Daley
The Putt Off Challenge was won by Andy Ricker
A BIG thank you to our Sponsors:
Title Sponsor-Franklin Savings Bank
Gold Sponsors-MedCare Ambulance, United Insurance, By Eye Property Management, Savage Land Development, Marotta Construction
Team Sponsors-The Fitch Co., Twin Rivers Lumber, Irving Forest Products, Community Energy Co., Key Bank, Rumford Hospital, R.A. Tibbetts, Paychex Payroll Services
Hole In One Sponsors-Adley Auto Sales & Service, Motor Supply
Award Sponsor-Northern Venture Fund, LLC
Prize Sponsor-Riverside Realty
Putt Off Sponsor-Dead River Co.
Lunch Sponsor Sponsor-Twin Rivers Lumber
Breakfast Sponsor-Dunkin Donuts
Commemorative Sponsor: Poland Spring Bottling
MedCare Ambulance, United Insurance, Community Energy Co., Rumford Hospital, By Eye Property Management, Savage Land Development, Marotta Construction, The Fitch Co., Key Bank, David Austin, ESQ., Oxford County Mental Health Services, Meader & Son, R.A Tibbetts, A&B Forestry, Black Bear Industrial Services, Gallant’s Discount Furniture, Naples Packing Co, Russell Appraisal Services, Northwest Precision, Ricker Hill Orchards, AAH Fireworks, Narrow Gauge Cinema, Stony Brook Recreation, Hebert Realty Group, Irving Forest Products, Western Maine Appraisal Service, Paychex Payroll Service.
MedCare Ambulance, United Insurance, Community Energy Co., Rumford Hospital, By Eye Property Management, Savage Land Development, Marotta Construction, H&R Block, James Record II Trucking, B&D Logging, Sigel & Crockett, P.C., Erik Designs, Archie’s, Willis Trucking, Harris Real Estate Appraisals & Auctions, United Plumbing & Heating, Jarato, T.W. Lawncare, Savage Auto Repair & Towing, AAH Fireworks, Strong Hardware & Lumber, Wentzell’s Auto Body, Best Western Inn & Suites-Rumford, NAPA Auto Parts-Mexico & Bethel, R.S. Pidacks, Ranor, Inc.
Door Prize Sponsors:
Erik Designs, Franklin Savings Bank, Key Bank, Bangor Savings Bank, Oxford Federal Credit Union, Poland Spring Bottling, Lemon Grass Spa, GRCC, Dawson Walton, Frank Anastasio, Big Daddy’s, Dead River Co;, Carlisle’s, Frosty Delite, Mtn. Valley Variety, Gatch’s Food & Spirits, Good Karma Café, E&E Awards, Black Mtn. Ski Resort, Davis Florist, River Valley Rotarians, Wilson Lake Country Club, Hope Association, Dunkin Donuts.