The Myrtle Creek — Tri City Area Chamber of Commerce President, Paulette Jones.

I am always excited to share my “smaller” community with my “larger” community. In my work with many communities, I have learned that we all have a different idea of community. Some of us think in terms of our neighborhood, town, county or state. I am not sure what has divided some of our smaller communities from some of our larger ones but I personally feel that when our “larger” community does well, that carries into our “smaller” communities.

We have had some very exciting things happening in Myrtle Creek because our community has worked together to make them happen. As many of you know, Myrtle Creek has been able to reopen its library with the help of about 100 volunteers. In a town of only 3,400 people that is an amazing accomplishment. They have hosted some summer reading events for the kids, and the community is very excited and thankful.

The city was able to open the South Umpqua Memorial Pool for swim classes again this year, with open swim for $1. This is also thanks to the volunteers of the Friends of the Pool Task Force. Keeping our pool open is important so we can give kids a safe place to swim.

The Myrtle Creek Lions Club just wrapped up one of the most successful events here in Myrtle Creek with the Summer Festival. Events included a lumberjack show, arm wrestling, rock crawl, fear factor, softball tournament, disc golf tournament, live music, show & shine, downtown parade, about 70 Vendors and what many consider the best fireworks show to finish out the celebration. It is a four-day event that happens each year on the last full weekend in July, this being the 31st year. Once again, this event is put on by a group of volunteers who meet every month for a year to make it a great success.

Volunteers from Main Street Myrtle Creek Association, the Myrtle Creek Elks Lodge, the Myrtle Creek Lions Club and the Myrtle Creek-Tri City Area Chamber of Commerce are hard at work planning the upcoming Dinner by the Bridge event. This event takes place in the evening of the last Saturday in August. Although tickets are sold out this year, mark your calendar for next year.

Our Chamber has received help from our Economic Development Roadmap Process which developed a marketing group called the “Bring ‘Em In” committee. This group was formed to help market our area and has now joined forces with our Chamber. Some of their projects have been a parks pamphlet and community calendar and a map of the area from 103-108 that was created by a local artist. The Community Calendar is available from Canyonville to Rice Hill in the rack card holders put in hotels, restaurants and visitor centers. You may view all our local events there.

Come visit us! We would love to welcome you and show you around.

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