RIDGEWAY —During the recent inter-governmental meeting at the Whispering Willows Bed-n-Breakfast, Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce president Terry Vickers delivered an activity report to county and municipal officials.
The chamber recently welcomed 30 new members, which increases their membership to 2,005.
“We had an extremely busy year last year,” Vickers noted. “We are recognized locally and we’re excited about that.”
There were eight noted events that the chamber put on that were revenue generators for county businesses including Wings and Wheels Air Festival, Jenkinsville Small Mouth Bass Fishing Tournament, Spirit Fest, Big Grab Yard Sale, Rock Around the Clock, Pumpkin Fest, Shop Fairfield First and the Ag and Art Tour.
Vickers highlighted the new Farmers Market, which is held in downtown Winnsboro on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
“With some of our local business owner we were able to begin that market and it has been very successful,” she noted. “It is a year round market and has continued even during the winter months on the first floor of the Town Clock thanks to the Town of Winnsboro.”
Vickers said all of the market vendors have grown together as a family and encouraged all of the local officials who have not attended, to attend.
The next goal for the Farmers Market is to make the vendors mobile and to take the products to the more rural parts of the county where transportation is difficult.
“The problem is transportation, so we are looking into either a transportation system that could bring people to the city center or a mobile market to visit the outlying areas,” she told the assembly.
Vickers added that the chamber is in the process of purchasing the old voter registration building behind the Town Clock, to use it as a growers college.
“It will help farmers learn how to produce, package, label and market their product to take it from a local farmers market to expand,” she explained.
In addition to creating a new Farmers Market, the chamber of commerce also held ribbon cutting ceremonies for 12 new businesses including the new Disabilities and Special Needs building, Summer Day Gift Shop, Fairfield County Spec Building, Farmer’s Furniture, Hoots on Main, Fairfield Arts Council, Cotton Yard Market, Over the Top, Bernice’s Consignment Shop, Cellular Freedom, The Dog House and Winnsboro Emporium.