Busy Tejas weekend ahead in our Rockdale

“T he competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.”—Henry Ford

I printed this quote out when I bought my business to remind myself to keep my eye on the ball. Some businesses can get so wrapped up in what competitors are doing that they let their own business fail. How successful could our community be if we did only two things? (1) Made sure that our own businesses were a success and (2) Offered assistance to other businesses too.

If you are a business owner or individual who is not a member of the chamber but would like to be, please call me. I would love to talk to you about how the chamber could work for you. Again, I would like to remind all of you of our upcoming events.

Rockdale’s sixth Annual Tejas Festival is scheduled for March 2-3. Make sure you make plans to attend this annual event to experience the “ARTS” at their finest. We will have authors at the schools and the Lucy Hill Patterson Library as well as artists showcasing their work at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center on Saturday.

Rita Kirkman will be conducting her “pastel workshop for artists” on Thursday, March 1 and Friday, March 2. We will also have activities at the Wolf Park Pavilion and Train Depot throughout the day on Saturday. We are inviting anyone who is interested in being a vendor on Saturday to please call the chamber for details or go to our website at www.rockdalechamber.com.

On March 23-24 will be the Milam County Festival and BBQ Cook-off. This event will be at the Fair Park and will include a carnival, Full House Karaoke on Friday night, Brian and Carrie Weaks will be performing from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, and Lee Baker and the Kydells will be performing on Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.. There will be a Rib Eating Contest on Friday night with a cash prize for the winner. There will be arts and crafts vendors under the pavilion and food vendors on Saturday. If you are interested in being a vendor for this event, please call the chamber at 446-2030 or go online to www.rockdalechamber.com.

The Chamber is also planning our annual banquet. If you have a business, citizen, or organization you would like to nominate for an award, please call the chamber at 512-446- 2030 or email us your nomination to info@rockdalechamber.com. We are also taking reservations for gold and silver sponsors. This will be our “60th Anniversary-The Year of the Diamond” for the banquet so we are pulling out all the stops this year. It is scheduled for March 29 with the President’s reception starting at 5:30 p.m. and the meal starting at 6. Tom Britton has agreed to speak for the event. Please reserve your table today.

City of Rockdale will be hosting their “Stash Your Trash Day” on Saturday, March 31 from 8 a.m. to noon at Fair Park. The City has also implemented an “Adopt a Park” program. They are looking for individuals, organizations, and businesses to adopt one of our local parks as a beautification project. You can call the city at 446-2511 or go to www.rockdalecityhall.com for details.

Rockdale Rotary Club will host their annual Mike McFalls Memorial Scholarship Golf Scramble on April 7. Please contact Homer Mowdy for more details. We need teams, sponsors, auction items and volunteers. This is one of two fundraisers that the Rotary organization puts on to fund the Rotary college scholarships that are awarded each year. So please plan on attending or contributing in some way to this worthy cause.

I hope you all have a great week.

Deedra Jacob is the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce president. Email her at djacob@rockdalechamber.com or phone 446-2030.

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