HOUSTON – The Chickasaw Development Foundation kicked off the new year with Valentine promotion and with the CDF Annual Banquet this month they are ready to announce a year’s worth of events and activities.
CDF formed four committees in 2013 at the prodding of those who wanted to see the community capitalize on a growing national economy, bring new businesses to town and promote existing merchants.
“We’ve got a really full list of events – some we have done before – and some that are brand new,” said Chickasaw Development Foundation Executive Director Joyce East. “We tried to have something going on every month. And some months are busier than others.”
Next up is the CDF Banquet set for March 25 at the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center. CDF hopes to unveil a number of new initiatives at this meeting as well as awarding the traditional plaques and honor to local businesses and individuals.
“We’ve got the Tanglefoot Trail Marathon later this month, too” said East. “Then its the Courthouse Easter Egg Hunt, Taste of Houston and then the Flywheel Festival at the end of April.”
In May there will be a Tanglefoot Trail Numbers Run with awards for those completing the event.
CDF also wants to kickoff a new 13-week series of events titled “Live In The Park.”
“We want to bring music, entertainment and art to the Master Gardener Mini-Park next to City Hall each week,” said East. “We want to start each event at 5 p.m., in an effort to get shoppers downtown and maybe keep businesses open a little longer those evenings.”
A fishing rodeo is scheduled for Legion Lake in June and of course there is Houston Homecoming June 28.
August will see the “Color Run” on the Tanglefoot Trail and September will bring the Toppers to the Courthouse Square for the annual rallies for a successful year.
The Fall Flywheel Festival is scheduled for Sept. 26-27 and the Houston Pep Rally and Tailgate Party is set for October.
October will also see the second annual SPOOK-tacular BOO Bash with downtown businesses on Halloween.
A poker run is tentatively scheduled for the Tanglefoot Trail in November as well as the Community Thanksgiving Dinner and Service at the Houston High School Common’s Area on Nov. 24.
The Houston Christmas Parade is set for Dec. 2 and is followed closely by the Holiday Bazaar and Fashion Show on Dec. 5.
“As you can see we have a lot planned,” said East. “Our committees have planned carefully and a lot of thought has gone into each one of these events.”
East said volunteers are still being sought for a number of events and she urged churches, civic clubs and businesses to think about helping at an event or sponsoring it financially.
She said the four major CDF committees are always looking for new volunteers. Those committees are:
• Retail/Small Businesses.
• Community Activity.
“There is always plenty of work to do in this community and we just urge businesses and individuals to join with us in making our towns and county a better place place to live and work,” said East
Although Chickasaw County ranks 53th in population among Mississippi’s counties, it ranks 13th in manufacturing jobs. Five of the top 100 companies in Mississippi are either located in Chickasaw County or have their headquarters here. Chickasaw County is home to the largest furniture store in the state and is home to one of the largest privately owned furniture manufacturers in the United States with over 1,300 employees.
Chickasaw County manufactures a wide variety of products, such as wood products, upholstered furniture, polyfoam, cotton batting, carpet underlay, PVC pipe, wood turnings, shipping containers, specialized farming equipment, kitchen and gun cabinets and steel fabrication.
Chickasaw Development Foundation
Post Office Box 505
635 Starkville Road
Houston, MS 38851
Board of Directors: Chairman John Walden, Vice Chairman Jason Brooks, Betty Holder, Talitha Hudson, Judy McQuary, Rayburn Parks, Bob Pearson and Rex F. Sanderson.
Staff: Executive Director Joyce H. East and Administrative Assistant Linda Vanlandingham.
The Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month.