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The mission of the Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce is to create programs and events that will help retain and expand the existing business communities, attract new businesses and residents, and improve the quality of life in Crenshaw County.
We invite you to explore these pages, follow our Calendar of Events and visit the many communities in Crenshaw County, including Luverne, Brantley, Highland Home, Dozier, Glenwood. You will find friendly people, outstanding educational opportunities, sports programs, Senior Citizen outreach, outstanding medical, nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and retail and industry to benefit everyone.
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On Monday, September 25, 2017, the Chamber will host a presentation entitled “The Importance of Media”. Presented by Lacey Phillips of Panama City Beach, Florida, the subject will include marketing tips utilizing free media such as Facebook, Constant Comment, Instagram, web pages, and other free media outlets to connect with customers and potential customers. The Chamber is pleased to bring this After Hours event to members in hopes of increasing visibility and thereby, sales. Anyone interested can contact the Chamber office at 334-335-4468 for more information.
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On July 1st, Sew American, a new embroidery/outlet facility in Luverne had their ribbon cutting and Grand Opening. The Chamber was pleased to provide the ribbon cutting and assist in publicizing this event. Wayne and Vicky Benton and Mr. Ben Kaufman are owners of the 331 outlet. They grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, had bounce houses and entertainment, the City of Luverne provided a fire truck for kids to inspect…..and their outlet store was open for business. This is a wonderful addition to Crenshaw County, both from an employment standpoint and a retail new business.
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Once again, the Chamber invited local County restaurants and caterers to participate in the Taste of Crenshaw. Each restaurant brings samples of their specialty items or their menu and Chamber members as well as local residents are served dinner. Scott Fowler entertained with singing; door prizes were awarded those lucky enough to have winning tickets; food included everything from pizza to steak, barbequed pork, fried green tomatoes, chocolate ice cream, cakes and cookies and fruit, spaghetti, bread pudding, collards, baked chicken and so much more. Noone left hungry and over 160 people attended this fun event.
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Every year, the Crenshaw County Chamber honors the graduating seniors who have been part of our “ambassador” group known as Belles and Beaus. These young students participate in all events hosted by the Chamber and other events throughout the communities as needed. They are exposed to the business side of small town living and hopefully, will become community leaders in their future. On May 3, 2017, the Chamber honored 13 graduating students with a dinner of pizza and Pepsi and included their parents. Several students spoke about their experience participating in the Belle/Beau program and their plans for college, etc.
The Chamber also awarded scholarships to 6 seniors this year. We are proud of these young people and wish them well on their journey.
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Every year the Chamber of Commerce nominates and selects a Chamber Citizen of the Year, whose qualities include selfless donation of time and energy beyond one’s job. This year the nominee was Clarence Searight and he was honored at a banquet at the DEI Center at the Luverne United Methodist Church. Over 150 people attended to banquet to honor Clarence. Friends and family spoke on his behalf, and it was a very emotional evening. Rev Charlie Sankey of Rock West Baptist Church was the guest speaker and delivered a very stirring message. Dinner was catered by Sydney’s Catering of Luverne . This event, of all events hosted by the Chamber, has special meaning because we are honoring a Crenshaw County person who has gone above and beyond.
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Luverne is host to the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, which has a long history of being well attended and a very long small town parade. December 3rd was a beautiful day and many floats, trucks, fire engines, bands, walking groups, equestrian groups, and Santa completed the several block walk. Santa and Mrs. Claus were available for pictures at the Pavilion in downtown Luverne. All parade entrants brought toys for DHR’s Toy Drive. Over 100 motorcycles bring up the rear of the parade so they can go slow and hand over their toy contributions and this part of the parade is always thrilling. This year the Shrine Club of Luverne entertained with their little cars.
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On Thursday, December 1, 2016, the Chamber held the official Christmas Tree Lighting, which took place this year in Douglass Park in Luverne. The event started at 6:30, entertainment by various choirs and individuals and the countdown to lighting took place. Hot chocolate and Sister Schuberts Homemade cinnamon rolls were served and even though the weather was not perfect, everyone had a wonderful time. Children from all schools were invited to come and decorate an ornament at the event and hang them on the tree. The Belles and Beaus assisted the children and finished decorating the tree, which will stand throughout the holiday season.
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September 24th was the date of the 7th annual Peanut Boil Festival at Turner Park, Luverne. Arts and Crafts, Car show, Kids Games & Crafts, Beauty Pageant, Entertainment, great food and boiled peanuts!! A great time was had by all who attended despite the heat and rain that ended the day about 3 p.m.
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The Chamber hosted the fourth annual Taste of Luverne on June 2 at the Luverne United Methodist Church DEI Center, and the event was a huge success. Fourteen food and beverage businesses from across the county brought the best of their offerings to share with attendees as a means of advertising to encourage county citizens to shop and eat locally.
Door prizes donated by participating vendors and the Chamber were awarded to lucky attendees, who were selected by a random drawing, from the huge crowd of Chamber members and the general public.
The crowd was also entertained throughout the evening by Scott Fowler, a local favorite musician. We hope that the event for members and the general public will be even better next year and we are working on plans, so keep the first week of June open for great food.
Participating restaurants and food establishments include Sydney’s Catering, The Chicken Shack, Subway of Luverne, Mainstreet Sweets, Mattie’s, Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls, Bush’s BBQ, Hardees, The Dinner Table, Amazing Grace Café, Ramey’s, Pepsi of Luverne, Michael’s Southern Food and The Marathon Express Deli/Finnway Deli. A grand time was had by all!!
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On Thursday, December 3, 2015, the Chamber Board of Directors hosted the 6th Annual Tree Lighting in downtown Luverne. Festivities included singing by the Crenshaw School choirs led by Mr. Jim Head, hanging of ornaments decorated by kindergarten children from all four Crenshaw County schools. President Don Nix counted down to the tree lighting performed by Mrs. Sandy Walker, the 2015 Citizen of the Year. Hot chocolate and fellowship kept the parents and children and local residents busy. Downtown merchants remained open until 7:30 p.m. for shopping convenience.
On Saturday, December 5, 2015, the Chamber hosted the Annual Christmas Parade. The parade lasted over an hour and many beautiful floats, marching groups, queens from all four schools and individuals kept the parade watchers entertained. All participants in the parade are asked to donate toys for DHR Toy Drive and the boxes were full! Over 136 motorcycles brought up the rear of the parade and they contributed toys also. The Chamber thanks all who participated for a wonderful event.