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Showcase Oldham County

Oldham County Chamber
to mark 50 years

Celebrating the past is theme
of Showcase Kickoff Luncheon

BUCKNER, Ky. (March 2014) – The Oldham County Chamber of Commerce keeps Showcase Oldham County interesting each year by adding new angles and preserving the best features of what the county has to offer. After marking half a century in existence, the chamber must be doing something right.
One change will be noticed this year – there will be no keynote speaker.

Auction

Photo by Don Ward

Oldham County Chamber members explore the silent auction items for sale at last year’s Kickoff Luncheon.

“The chamber is celebrating 50 years of service, and we are going to be honoring our chairs and doing some fun things at lunch that acknowledges our past,” said Deana Epperly Karem, the chamber’s executive director.
Presented by Baptist Health La Grange, Showcase Oldham County 2014 will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the Oldham County YMCA Soccer Complex, 20 Quality Place in Buckner. The complex is located about a mile from the I-71 Exit 17.
The event does not open to the public until 4 p.m. A Preview Event will be held at 9:30 a.m. This invitation-only portion will begin the day’s activities leading to a Showcase Kickoff Luncheon to be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The luncheon is sponsored by Norton Brownsboro Hospital.
The Showcase has always been an annual community event that offers local businesses a special opportunity to show off their products and services to not only Oldham County residents but also to visitors and other businesses within the county. Showcase Oldham County 2014 will feature more than 90 local businesses, live entertainment, family activities, a basketball competition, outdoor car show, auction and much more.
Exhibitors usually have prizes and activities in a typical booth set-up. Their goal is to showcase their services and products in the most creative way possible.

Showcase Schedule

At Oldham County YMCA Soccer Blast, 20 Quality Place, Buckner, Ky.
Friday, March 7
• 9:30-11 a.m.: Sneak preview of exhibitor booths for chamber members only.
• 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Kickoff Luncheon for business representatives only with sneak preview of exhibitor booths.
Tickets $25
• 4-8 p.m.: Public is welcome to browse exhibitor booths and enjoy live entertainment, family activities, basketball competition, auction, food court.
• Information: (502) 222-1635

Robin Lawson, owner of Financial Solutions, has participated in the Showcase for the last 12-15 years, he said. For him, participation is two-fold.
“It helps promote and make other businesses aware of our services,” said Lawson, a certified financial planner. “It also makes the general public aware of what we do.” Showcase Oldham County is a good opportunity for marketing and public relations for the many businesses and individuals that attend.
Lawson said he will have a “basic table-top display.” In the past, he has held drawings and giveaways.
During Showcase hours, “I spend as much time talking to existing clients as well as new clients,” he said. “It re-energizes me to be able to talk about how we can benefit them from our services.”
In the past, the Showcase has been a two-day event, but this year it will only be held for one day. Karem said that reasons for the change include the fact that “we are always competing with the weather and other regional events, like the kick off for the Kentucky Derby Festival Triple Crown, and not to mention the college basketball games.” Saturday is a really busy day with local and regional activities as well, she said.
But even so, “With all of that competition, we seem to hang in there and have a good turnout.”
Making the switch to a one-day event means “all of our business-to-business activities and our business-to-consumer events are in one day,” she said.
Because of the recent bad weather, Karem said she hopes “people will be ready to get out and do something. Showcase is free and fun, and it’s worth making the trip.”
She thinks Showcase has seen significant improvements in attendance each year. Karem credits last year’s high attendance “to our new basketball competition. I think folks love that feature. I also think they appreciate the tradition of coming out and seeing the local businesses and some familiar faces.”
The addition of the basketball competition was a new way to get families involved in Showcase.
“Oldham County schools have some great athletes and its basketball mania this time of year,” Karem said. “We thought we would tie the local talent with the enthusiasm for the sport. We hope it results in lots of visitors and fun competition.”

• Tickets for the Showcase Kickoff Luncheon are available online at www.OldhamCountyChamber.com or by calling the chamber at (502) 222-1635.

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