Even Santa’s Running These Days

The Chamber will be holding a 5k Santa Run in conjunction with the Christmas on the Square events taking place Sunday, December 1, 2013. If you would like to participate, download the form attached below and follow directions therein.

Santa Run Registration Form 2013

Country Marketplace to Hit Humphreys Park on Saturday

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For handcrafted unique items, look no further than the Country Marketplace – which is slated for Saturday at Humphreys Park in Linton.

Judy Stone, co-organizer of the event, provided background on the happening.

“It started with about five of us ladies that make things. We thought we’d get together and have a show and see if we can sell our things and it’s just taken off,” Stone explained. “Everything there is handmade. We don’t take on anything that isn’t handmade.”

This year’s Country Marketplace will offer 16 booths, with a variety of handmade items.

Look for all natural oatmeal soap and lotion made by Jana Bass, homemade fudge created by Kellie Riggleman, and handmade jewelry crafted by Sara Bellamy.

“The Vintage Key from Lafayette will also be there. [They] take the old keys from typewriters and make jewelry,” Stone explained. “Lynn Hobbs works with a World War I knitting machine and makes scarves, hats, and socks.”

The event will also offer knitted purses and scarves, Blue River stain glass, hand-painted scarves, candles, hand-sculpted Santa Claus pieces, wool applique and much more.

Red Barn Primitives will also be on hand with unique antiqued furniture and smaller items.

“Whatever you get [at Country Marketplace] is unique and hand [crafted],” she added.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the east shelter house at Humphreys Park in Linton. Admission is free.

“We also serve hot wassail and homemade cookies to everyone that comes in,” Stone added. “Usually we have Christmas music playing. We try to make it feel good.”

She also encouraged newcomers to check out this year’s event.

“This is the biggest show we’ve had,” she added, noting it’s also a great opportunity to buy made in America.

Bloomfield Jr.­/­Sr. High to Present Cinderella

At left is Cammi Rockey, who is playing the Fairy Godmother, and at right is Kierra Conner, who is playing Cinderella.

Look for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella to come to life in the Shawnee Theatre via the cast and crew of Bloomfield Jr./Sr. High School later this month.

Students are currently rehearsing at the theatre, but practice for this year’s show started months ago.

“They are working hard,” explained Music Director Laura Helms. “The coolest thing about this year is that we have a very young cast. We have seniors in lead roles, but we also have junior high students in lead roles and throughout the ensemble… It takes a lot of initiative and responsibility to do these shows. We can’t be with them every step of the way… They have to take responsibility for their part and make sure it gets done.”

Auditions for the show were in May and the students had their scripts throughout the summer, she added.

“We did a week of rehearsals in the summer and have been doing practice two to three nights a week since school started in August,” Helms said. “We really do become a family here. We have great parents that bring food, build sets, and play the piano.”

Heidi Seymour, a freshman, agreed, and explained, “Everybody here, the kids in this group, we’ve become a family. I think the people out there need to know that.”

The decision to do Cinderella was a choice of Helms and David Wade, who is serving as the show’s director.

“We [had] the conversations that included what we thought everyone would enjoy and what was something we have never done or haven’t done in a long time,” Helms explained, adding Bloomfield has never done Cinderella.

“It’s not the Disney version [of Cinderella], however this is originally the Julie Andrews version that so many people love,” Helms explained, noting this show is also a 1920s twist on the original Rodgers and Hammerstein’s.

“Other than that, it’s the classic story of Cinderella that everyone knows and loves,” she said.

Helms also encouraged the public to come out and support the cast and crew.

Cinderella is a great family show and it’s not incredibly long… It’s a good show for families with younger children. Everyone knows it. It’s just a great show to bring the family out to,” she said.

She also thanked the Shawnee Theatre’s board of directors for allowing the school to use the local venue.

“We’re so thankful that the Shawnee lets us do [the plays] here,” Helms added, noting the school has been using the Shawnee for several years now.

Prior to bringing the school’s shows to the Shawnee, the school cafeteria was the venue, she noted.

“After being here [at the Shawnee], I can’t imagine doing it there [at the school cafeteria] again,” she added.

The show is slated for Nov. 21 – 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, and free for preschoolers. To make reservations, please leave a message at the box office by calling (812) 384-3559.

All proceeds go toward next year’s show.

Voices for Kids’ Gift Basket Contest Raising Money for CASA Children

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Voices for Kids is once again sponsoring its annual gift basket contest – which is a benefit for Greene County CASA children.

The contest started last year and was the idea of Bertha Wiles and Katie Stingley, both of whom are Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), explained Greene County CASA Director Samantha Flath.

“It started out with Greene County Courthouse employees and this year we thought we’d ask anyone in the county,” she added, noting individuals or organizations can donate a gift basket.

The baskets among other donated items will be auctioned off at the Voices for Kids’ silent auction – which is slated in conjunction with an open house occurring from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the first floor of the Greene County Courthouse.

A prize will go to the basket with the highest bid.

Last year,  gift baskets were themed around a variety of topics, Flath said, noting a family game basket and a spa basket as past examples.

“I think everyone had fun doing it,” she also said. “[Items] don’t necessarily have to be put in a basket … any container will work. The gift baskets might also be good gifts for Christmas.”

All proceeds from the basket contest go to Greene County CASA children.

“We’re raising money for Voices for Kids … They provide money to children in CASA and to Greene County children that have been abused or neglected,” Flath explained, adding money can go to camps, art classes, sporting equipment, prom dresses, class rings, among other items.

Silent auction donations of items or gift certificates can be dropped off at the Greene County CASA office – which is located at the Greene County Courthouse.

Deadline for gift baskets and other such donations is Dec. 2.

The winning ticket for the playhouse raffle will be drawn after the silent auction on Dec. 6.

Greene County Veterans Council Service

Bloomfield High School NJROTC

A group of veterans, family members, and citizens wishing to honor those who have served their country braved the fall weather to gather on the Courthouse lawn on Monday.

The Greene County Veterans Council’s Veterans Day Service began with a Posting of Colors by the Bloomfield High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC). Bloomfield High School’s Center Stage choir also sang several patriotic songs for the ceremony.

Greene County Veterans’ Service Officer Norman Sullivan introduced the guest speaker, Commander Jeff Giles, who is the Supply Management Department Director Midwest for Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk, U.S. Navy.

Sullivan noted that Giles’ personal decorations include three Meritorious Service Medals, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, and two Navy Achievement Medals.

Giles reminded everyone they were gathered on Veterans Day to honor service members and to remember the sacrifices they have made and the courage it takes to defend honor, duty, and country.

“We stand in the midst of patriots, and the family and friends of those who have nobly served. To all the veterans who are here today, I thank you for answering the call to duty. You have made our armed forces the most respected in the world. Thank you very much,” he stated.

Giles then thanked veterans’ family members for living through difficult times and keeping the home fires burning.

He explained that while service members come from all walks of life, they share several fundamental qualities.

“They possess courage, pride, determination, selflessness, dedication to duty, and integrity—all the qualities necessary to serve a cause larger than one’s self. Many of them didn’t ask to leave their homes to fight on distant battle fields, many didn’t even volunteer. They didn’t go to war because they liked to fight– they were called to be a part of something bigger than themselves. They were ordinary people who responded in extraordinary ways in extreme times,” he noted.

Giles pointed out that only about one percent of our population serves in the military and that it is tragic that so many of the men and women who allow others to be safe in their homes are often without homes themselves after leaving the military. He stated that one in four of America’s homeless population is a veteran, adding that nine out of 10 were honorably discharged and nearly half served during the Vietnam War.

Giles asked attendees to honor their debt to service members past and present in at least one of several ways. He requested that everyone volunteer to help a vet or service member and make an effort to promote military service for our youth. He also urged veterans to share their stories with others.

“Let everyone know what you’ve done, so they can see the many faces of military service and appreciate the personal service of their neighbors. If you are not a veteran, find someone in your life who is a veteran and ask them about their service to essentially say thank you,” Giles requested.

Giles noted that Veterans Day provides an opportunity to celebrate service to our nation, to demonstrate the appreciation we have for our military, and to inspire future generations to dedicate themselves in the name of the many that have come before them.

The ceremony closed with Post 196 American Legion representatives firing a salute and playing Taps.


Veterans’ Appreciation Dinner Held in Lyons

Amber Shouse, Lisa Shouse, Matthew Shouse, Andrea Shouse, Bob Coffey, and Jerome Shouse

Boy Scout Troop #407 hosted the annual Veterans’ Appreciation Dinner at the Lyons Community Center Saturday evening.

The dinner had a dual purpose of both honoring community veterans and raising money for the Lyons Veterans’ Memorial project.

Scout Master and Veterans’ Memorial President Buck Mullis was on hand to oversee the set up and share his insights on what events like this mean to veterans.

“It’s important to do stuff like this for our vets,” explained Mullis. “It’s good to let them know that their service to their country has not been forgotten.”

Veterans young and old practically filled the large room as they gathered to catch up with old acquaintances and make new ones.

The dinner featured a generous spread of food to enjoy as well as a large amount of service memorabilia brought in by local veterans for attendees to look at.

Many of the veterans on hand couldn’t resist the urge to swap stories with one another.

Robert Starnes, a tracked-vehicle mechanic for the Army who was stationed in Berlin during the early 60s and the middle of the Cold War, was more than willing to share some tales of his time in the service.

“One of our tracked vehicles ran over a chicken while I was in Germany,” remembered Starnes. “And the farmer that owned it sued the Army for $25,000. I never did find out if they paid it or not. That was back then so that chicken would probably be worth $1 million today.”

The keynote speaker for the evening was Crane Army Ammunition Activity (CAAA) Commander Colonel Joe Dixon.

Dixon was quick to point out that he appreciated the invitation to speak in front of so many of our country’s veterans.

“It’s just a real honor to meet fellow veterans and their families and see the great support that the community has for them,” remarked Dixon. “It’s always nice to see an event like this honoring those who’ve served their country.”


Shawnee Theatre to Host Semi-Formal ‘Snowball’ Dinner Dance


To kick off the 10th annual Festival of Trees the Shawnee Theatre will host a semi-formal/formal dinner dance Nov. 16 at the Greene County 4-H Building.

Appetizers will be served at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The dance will include live music and is slated from 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets are available through reservation only.

“We would like to encourage all our patrons to come out and enjoy a delicious dinner, take a twirl around the dance floor, and celebrate your Shawnee Theatre,” explained Bill Cady, who serves on the Shawnee Theatre Board.

Cost is $40 per single and $75 per couple. RSVP by calling Marlen Flynn at (812) 384-7247.

The Festival of Trees has been the primary fundraiser for the Shawnee Theatre for 10 years.

“We can all be proud that due to the hard work and imagination of Marlen Flynn and her industrious committee, the Festival of Trees has been a popular fundraiser and one of the main reasons that our Shawnee Theatre is still healthy,” Cady added.



Trick-or-Treating in Linton set for Oct. 30-31

Trick-or-treating in Linton has been set for Oct. 30 and 31 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Look for trick-or-treating to land in Linton on Oct. 30 and 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. both evenings.

Linton Police Chief Troy Jerrell encouraged everyone to make this year’s Halloween as safe as possible and noted a few safety tips.

“The big thing here is only go [trick-or-treating] where porch lights are on,” Jerrell said. “As always, we ask those who are wanting to participate to have their porch lights on and for those who are not to leave them off during these hours.”

He also advised parents to be prudent in checking their children’s treats.

“Make sure to check candy before children are allowed to eat it. We’ve had no issues in the past, but we don’t want any either,” he stressed.

Jerrell advised ‘trick-or-treaters’ to be cautious when around traffic and to remain visible to drivers.

“Wear reflective-type clothing or have a flashlight so vehicle traffic can see you while traveling,” he said.

He also stressed the importance of motorists remaining extra cautious during trick-or-treat times.

“We ask anyone operating a vehicle to drive with extra caution on the side streets during these hours to avoid any serious accidents. Anyone caught driving recklessly while pedestrians are present can potentially face stiff fines and jail time depending on the severity,” he explained.

On behalf of the LPD, Chief Jerrell also wished everyone a safe and happy Halloween.

“Outside of that, I want everyone to be safe and enjoy themselves,” Jerrell added.

October 30-31 Trick-or-Treating in Linton

Halloween will be celebrated from 6 to 9 p.m. on October 30th and 31st this year. With the spook fest becoming more popular, and taking up most of the time on Thursday for would be trick-or-treaters, we will have it on the 30th as well.

As always, we ask those who are wanting to participate to have their porch lights on and for those who are not participating to leave them off during these hours. Children and parents are asked to ONLY go where there is a porch light lit, as well as to wear reflective type clothing or have a flash light so vehicle traffic can see you while traveling.

Likewise, we ask anyone operating a vehicle to drive with extra caution on the side streets during these hours to avoid any serious accidents. Anyone caught driving recklessly while pedestrians are present can potentially face stiff fines and jail time, depending on the severity.

We hope everyone has a SAFE and Happy Halloween.

Vote For Business Of The Year

Vote for this year’s ‘Business of the Year’ Award.

The Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce plans to honor one of our businesses this year for their contributions to the economic vibrancy of our community. We would like you input in our decision. If you would, please take a moment and select one business you believe meets one or more of the following characteristics:

Literacy Coalition to Host Trivia Bowl at Saron Church

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The Greene County Literacy Coalition will host its 9th annual trivia bowl at noon on Saturday, November 9th at Linton’s Saron Church.

Each team will be made up of four people, and businesses and organizations may send as many teams as they would like. Each team must come up with a name to compete under.

Questions will be drawn from all categories and trivia about Indiana and Greene County will be included.

WTHI Weatherman David Wire will be this year’s moderator, and the event will feature plenty of food.

Greene County Literacy Coordinator Beth Burcham noted that teams will be permitted to e-mail five general category trivia questions to be used in the event.

“They’re just randomly put in with the other trivia questions,” she explained. “So if it just so happens that you’re up there and your question comes up, it’s a plus for your team because you should know it!”

Burcham added that the difficulty level of questions will vary.

“We don’t want to make them so hard that people feel like they can’t answer them,” she remarked. “The questions range from easier to harder and you never know what somebody is going to know about. So it’s fun to watch someone realize they know something and hit the button!”

The entry fee is $20 per person on a team or $80 per team.

Proceeds from the trivia bowl will help the Literacy Coalition buy materials to prepare people for the new Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) high school equivalency test, which will replace the GED test in Indiana in January of next year.

To sign up or find out more please contact Beth Burcham at 812-384-4125 ext. 18 or email literacy@bloomfield.lib.in.us before November 6th.

Saron Church is located at 440 1st Street NE in Linton.


“Out of the Darkness” Walk Raises Funds for Suicide Prevention, Honors Those Lost to Suicide

Shirt design honoring Shane Porter, designed by Trayton Porter with the help of his sister Adia.

Every November the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) holds “Out of the Darkness” community walks in hundreds of locations across the nation. The goals of these walks are to prevent suicide, raise awareness, and end the stigma that surrounds depression and other mental disorders. The money the events raise is used for research and education as well as for helping people with mental disorders and individuals whose lives have been affected by suicide.

“Out of the Darkness” walks also allow family and friends to honor loved ones lost to suicide. This November in Terre Haute, Dugger native Shane Porter will be remembered for the first time, and Larry Knowles, who also lived in Dugger, will be honored for the second time.

The Terre Haute “Out of the Darkness” walk will be held at the Indiana State University campus on November 2nd. Check-in is from 9 to 10 a.m. and the walk will last from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants may register online by 12 p.m. on November 1st or in person at the walk.

Shane Porter’s son Trayton Porter said the “Out of the Darkness” team his cousin Katie Knowles organized last year after her father’s death inspired him to form a team for his father, too.

His mother, Shane Porter’s former wife Tiffany Moore, said the walk is about raising money to prevent suicide and help people who are in danger.

“Especially in this area, it’s [suicide] been more of a predominate thing with a lot of young deaths and suicides. And it’s a chance to hold a good memory of the people like Shane and Larry who have committed suicide, and to raise awareness of the fact that it can be prevented. People just need help and that’s what this walk is for,” Moore stated, adding that many people cannot afford the kind of help they need because most insurance does not cover it.

She noted that children who have lost parents to suicide do not want to see other kids go through what they have been through, and encouraged people to show their support by participating in the “Out of the Darkness” walk.

“I want people to be aware that other people do care, because people who commit suicide usually feel lonely and think nobody cares and the more people who show up for this kind of walk shows people they do care and that they know it’s a sickness that needs to be dealt with,” Moore explained.

Trayton Porter, with the help of his sister Adia, designed a shirt to be worn by those honoring his father’s memory during the walk. Please contact Moore by October 23rd to order a shirt.  You can reach her through Facebook or call 812-322-8548.

To order a shirt honoring Larry Knowles, please call Jody Eslinger at 812-699-2504.

You can find out more about the “Out of the Darkness” walk, make a donation, or register online for either “In Memory of Shane Porter” or “Larry’s Legacy”.

Prepare for Zombie Pandemic at Linton Library

Image courtesy of the CDC

Local author, college professor, book reviewer, and celebrity interviewer Ruby Moon-Houldson will hold a “Zombie Pandemic Preparedness 101 Program” at the Linton Public Library Saturday, October 26th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday, October 31st from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Linton Public Library Director Richard McLelland explained that last year the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unveiled a campaign aimed at being prepared for major emergencies, natural disasters, and pandemics– even the kind that, hypothetically, could stem from a virus that turns people into zombies.

According to the CDC website, zombie preparedness started as a tongue-in-cheek campaign to interest people in emergency preparedness in general, and has proved to be an effective platform that helps participants be ready for hurricanes, pandemics, earthquakes, and terrorist attacks.

Moon-Houldson holds a PhD in Psychology and Forensic Science and a Master’s degree in Nursing, as well as being a member of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and CDC task force groups. She said that since these preparedness programs are mostly offered in bigger cities, she decided to offer them to smaller rural cities in Indiana and Illinois.

“In accordance with the CDC and FEMA guidelines, I will be presenting emergency preparedness workshops this month to raise awareness on how to be ready for an unexpected emergency or a disaster—it doesn’t have to be a zombie apocalypse—but preparedness is the same. October is preparedness month. The CDC and FEMA have taken on a popular way of spreading the news of how to prepare for disasters—through Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness programs. The main message from both organizations is—Get a Kit…Make a Plan…Be Prepared. A Power Point presentation, videos, case studies/group activities will be utilized as formats for presenting the information,” explained Moon-Houldson.

Each program will last four hours, and Moon-Houldson encourages the attendance of older children. She hopes to have a drawing for emergency supplies that attendees bring on the day of the program, as well as a zombie costume contest for kids and a drawing for a Max Brooks book titled “The Zombie Survival Guide”.

Moon-Houldson noted that she was recently in Georgia where she talked to cast members of AMC’s The Walking Dead while researching material for a book she is working on, so she will also share some of the things actors from the show told her they would like to have on-hand as weapons during a zombie apocalypse.

“This preparedness program is supposed to be informative for the family and hopefully get them to thinking about preparing for a big emergency situation. My role is to be the messenger of how to prepare,” noted Moon-Houldson.

There are only 45 spaces for each of the programs, and no walk-ins will be allowed. Please call 812-847-7802 or visit the library soon to reserve a spot. You do not have to be a patron of the library to attend, and children ages 12 to 18 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

Find out more about the CDC’s zombie preparedness efforts here.



We will have a Golf Cart Decorating Contest at the Farmers’ Market on September 20.

See attached flyer for details(click cart to open):

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Thank you to our prize sponsors:

Pepperoni Grill
Bloomfield Supply and Hardware
Phil Harris Golf Course
Arlene Skinner
Jones 5 Star Ranch

Farmers’ Market Cruise In

We are inviting anyone who would have a classic vehicle down to the Bloomfield Square from 5-8 tomorrow evening for a Cruise In in conjunction with our Community Farmers’ Market.

Come down to the square for produce, food, crafts, fun, and lots of great classic cruisers!


The market will be moving to a new time this week. Be sure to stop by Friday, August 16, 2013 for all the excellent produce and home-made products you have come to expect weekly. We will have a few new vendors this week.

Welcome to:

“It’s About Fiber” Shop (check out their website) - wonderful home-made fiber products

J&S Concessions – snow cones and flavored ice

Bloomfield Processing (check out their website) – looking for a good brat for dinner? That and more available at their stand

We also anticipate a number of local civic organizations to have stands throughout the remaining Friday Markets. If your organization would like to have a booth, please contact Joshua Riggins at jgr@farmersandmechanicsfederal.com.

NEXT WEEK – August 23

There will be a Cruise-In for Classic Cars held in conjunction with the market. If you know anyone who would be interested in participating, let them know about the event.

1st Annual Mike Canty Tennis Tourney

Thank you to all the participants and sponsors of the 1st Annual Mike Canty Tennis Tourney. We are already looking forward to bigger and better things next year.

A special thank you to Newsbarb for their great coverage. You can read about the event here:
Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce Sponsors Tennis Tournament


12-14 Age group – winning 6-4, 5-7, 6-4: Blake Brown

tennis tourney 12t14

15-19 Age group – winning 7-6, 6-0: Gabe Nolley d. Brennan Hughes

tennis tourney 15t18

19+ Age group – winning 6-3, 6-2: Derek Corn d. Austin Schulte

tennis tourney 19up

Michael Canty Tennis Invitational Draws

The tennis tournament will take place on Saturday, July 27. Here are the draws for the tournament:

Michael Canty Invitational 12-14 Draw

Michael Canty Invitational 15-18 Draw

Michael Canty Invitational 19+ Draw

ImagineBloomfield Final Presentation

Read about Ball State’s final presentation to the Chamber and community:

Imagine Bloomfield Meeting Provided Ideas, Warnings for the Future

Imagine Bloomfield: Community is key to making ideas a reality

Imagine Bloomfield: Ball State team gives final presentation

Contact Matt Miller: mmiller@udwiremc.com if you are interested in helping the chamber with these projects.

First Annual Michael Canty Invitational

The Bloomfield Chamber, in conjunction with the Bloomfield High School tennis program, will be hosting the First Annual Michael Canty Invitational on July 26 starting at 6:00 pm through July 27. Click the link below to find the entry form. Please fill it out and send it back as instructed. We look forward to having a great tournament!

Michael Canty Invitational Entry Form


We will have the Ball State Team back this weekend to continue working on the Imagine Bloomfield Project.

You can follow their progress at www.imaginebloomfield.org or on facebook at www.facebook.com/imaginebloomfield.in

Check out the following for more information about the project: http://imaginebloomfield.org/what-is-imagine-bloomfield/

If you have any questions, contact Matt Miller, Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce President, at (812) 381-1385

Bloomfield Community Farmers Market


Ball State will have a booth this week, as they help us kick off our Community Visioning Workshop. You will have the opportunity to directly impact the results of this study.

For more information and pictures look for us on Facebook. For information on the Community Workshop, check out the following website: www.imaginebloomfield.org and like us on Facebook @ Imagine Bloomfield. You can e-mail questions about the project to: imaginebloomfield@gmail.com.


Bloomfield Town Wide Yard Sale

We are looking forward to another successful year with this event. The Town Wide Yard Sale will be May 2, 2015. Fill out the attached form to have your yard sale entered on the map. Be sure to get this in by Friday, April 25.


Meet & Greet Night

@ Shawnee Theatre on 9/25

Michael Canty Invitational

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Michael Canty Invitational, featuring a double elimination singles and doubles tennis tournament will be held at the Bloomfield School District tennis courts on Saturday, August 1. If weather does not cooperate, we will hold the tournament Sunday, August 2.

A Kid’s Clinic will be held the evening of July 31.

Awards immediately following completion of the tournament