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  • 17 Apr 2014 3:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We hope you are having a great week! We are excited about the upcoming Easter weekend and want to remind you about all the fun stuff that there is to do around the vicinity.

    Also, we have added the 2014 Lee County Fair Parade application so that you can get your club, group or organization registered for the parade.  It is always fun to see all the people you know and love waving from the horses, vintage cars, fire trucks and horse drawn buggies.  This year there will be a large military group in the parade before they head out to the fair grounds for the Armed Forces Day Celebration.

    On April 24th there will be a Candidate's Meet & Greet for our City Council, Mayor and School Board candidates. The Meet & Greet will be held at the Giddings Public Library, Thursday, April 24 from 6pm-7:30pm. Everyone is invited to come on out and get to know your candidates! Refreshments provided. Meet & Greet is sponsored by Best Western, First National Bank and the Giddings Noon Lions Club.


    There will be a Chamber luncheon on April 25th at 11:30am at Giddings Downtown Restaurant. Our speaker will be Murphy Roland from Texas Workforce Solutions.  He will answer your questions about training you employees, hiring new employees or programs that help business owners find the right employees.

    There will be a fundraiser on Good Friday Lincoln Community Center at lunch benefiting the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Dept.

    On Saturday the Paige VFD is having their fried chicken fundraiser at the Community Center.


    Just FYI! The Lee County Fair Youth Fair Board members are selling season passes for the fair. You can look over the list we have included and contact your local youth fair board member to get your money saving season pass early. Remember, you are helping that student earn their scholarship. This is a great opportunity to help local students earn scholarship money.

    The Chamber office will be closed in honor of Good Friday.
  • 25 Mar 2014 10:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Can you believe it is already that time of year again?  Lots of activities are going on in and around Giddings.  This week we are so excited for the youth of our community as they prepare for the 42th Annual Lee County Junior Livestock Show and Sale.  These kids and their parents work very hard to raise, train, and prepare their animals for this show every year.  There are also all those kids that do the arts and crafts and the cake baking event, which takes lots of practice and time. 


    GOOD LUCK to all the participants and their clubs or organizations.


    ·       March 27th- 29th: 42nd Annual Lee County Junior Livestock Show and Sale at the Lee County Livestock Show Barn.

    ·       Immanuel Lutheran Easter Pageant will be held on Sunday, March 30th at 4pm

    ·       March 30th at 7pm – 2nd Annual Country Gospel Jamboree at the Giddings High School Auditorium. Free Admission. Food available. Benefiting the Lee County Cowboy Church Building Fund.

    ·       Canning Class is going to be held at the AgriLife Building on April 3rd. Poster is attached.

    ·       Community Blood Drive is held on April 3rd at Immanuel Lutheran Fellowship Hall from 8:30am-2pm. Bring your ID and eat a meal before giving blood.

    ·       Riley Key 5D Scholarship Barrel Race – April 4-6th at the Lee County Sheriff’s Posse Arena. Poster is attached.

    ·       April 5th – Cowboys & Caviar Gala benefiting the Children’s Advocacy Center.

    ·       April 8th from 10am-1pm a Walk-In Coffee will be held at Martin Luther Lutheran Church.

    ·       Lee County Rodeo will be on April 11-12th at the Lee County Sheriff’s Posse Arena. Poster is attached.


    Please share this information with all your email contacts.  We want the word to circulate about all the great things we have in Giddings.



    Enjoy this beautiful Spring weather. The Bluebonnets have started blooming and our visitor count has gone up daily as folks make their way through town on their travels.  We have had a huge increase in Geocachers over the past three weeks. It is a huge tourism tool that we are so glad we have now. Glad to be able to utilize our ancient trunks for fun!

    What is geocaching? Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
  • 26 Nov 2013 11:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “Git Your Gears To Giddings” - Weird West Fest


    Steampunk Festival Takes Over The Depot Capital of Texas

    for Blue Skyes Over Autism

    For Immediate Release

    Media Contact: Chuck Holland     713-542-2576 

    Weird West Fest will host their inaugural festival in Giddings, Texas on December 7, 2013 in the 1880’s restored Depot that houses the Union Station Transportation Museum and the Rural Texas Tourism Center, located at 289 W. Railroad, Giddings, Texas.  The fest includes fundraising for Blue Skyes Over Autism and to help with the restoration of the 1918 Sterling Silent Movie Theater. 

    The Weird West Fest is a Weird Western-themed one-day convention geared to fans of Steampunk, Victorian and the Old West. We have guests, gaming, music, films, costume and beard contests, panels, and presentations.

    James Drury, television's "The Virginian", Ed Erdelac, author of "Merkabah Rider", and Joe Lansdale, author of "Buba Ho-Tep" and "Jonah Hex", will all be speakers the day of the event.

    So revisit the Western Age of Steam and “Git your Gears to Giddings”.

    For more information - or contact Jim Herbert ( Jim Herbert at 512-507-5957 and Chuck Holland at 713-542-2576.

    Watch the Weird West Fest commercial here -


    Denice Harlan, Executive Director

    Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce

    289 W. Railroad Ave.

    Giddings, Texas 78942

    Phone: 979-542-3455





    WWF Film Laurel - Barbs




    In his quest to fulfill a promise made to his wife, Calvin sets out to right his wrongs and make it the best Christmas ever. If only it weren’t June, and the majority of the population, including his wife and daughter, hadn’t returned from the dead as flesh-eating snappers in search of hot human lunches, he’d be in pretty good shape.

    Driven by guilt in a race against the apocalyptic clock, Calvin teams up with G.M., a wily ex-garbage man turned undead slayer, as together they attempt to deck the halls during the most magical time of the year. It’s Christmas in June. And snappers be damned… The lights and decorations are going up.

    Studio: Drive-In Movies

    Starring: Damian Maffei, Brad Maule, Kasey Lansdale & Chet Williamson

    Directed By: Terrill Lee Lankford

    Written By: original story by Joe R. Lansdale

    Screenplay By: Keith Lansdale

    Panel discussion with members of the cast and crew to proceed the film.

    Christmas with the Dead Facebook Page



    A steampunk-light film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece. In his obsession over the Prometheus’ flame, Victor Frankenstein abandons those he loves to create a living being. Leaving behind his abominable work, Victor hopes to escape judgment and return to a peaceful life. He soon discovers: all secrets have their price.

    With a cast and crew of 32 (plus extras) this 109 minute film was shot in 14 days at 12 unique locations within south-east Texas – included 8 historical landmarks and an actual “Hanging Tree” where criminals in Texas where historically executed.

    Studio: First Step Cinematics LLC

    Starring: Dustin Sturgill & Matt Risoldi

    Directed By: Syd Lance

    Written By: original story by Mary Shelley

    Screenplay By: Judith B. Shields


    Official Selection List: ApolloCon 2013, WorldCon/ LoneStarCon3, FenConX, Tri-Cities International Film Festival, CONtraflow III, Shockerfest, TeslaCON 4, Octopodicon, JackoCon, Emerald City Steampunk Expo, Hal-Con, Weird West Fest, Mars-Con, Comicpalooza, & Ancient City Con

    Panel discussion with members of the cast and crew to proceed the film. Frankenstein’s Monster



    In an alternate 19th Century, dust bowl Kansas, a young boy witnesses his parent’s murder, and is forced to survive in an underground child fighting ring. Only the wealthiest are invited to attend these secret communities to bet on the children for their own amusement. However, one among them, is determined to find her abducted son … whatever the cost.

    Studio: EslingerFilm

    Starring: Easton McCuiston, Amanda Bailey & Jeremy Snowden

    Directed By: Kevin Eslinger

    Written By: Kevin Eslinger

    Screenplay By: Kevin Eslinger

    Official Selection List: Dragon*CON 2010, Fargo Fantastic Film Festival, Tri-City Independent Fan Film Festival, Chicago Horror Film Festival, Bram Stoker International Film Festival, Ikkicon V, Wild Wild West Con, Canadian National Steampunk Exposition, Renovation : 69th Annual World Science Fiction Convention



    For one man, a routine day on-the-job becomes a hellish nightmare when he encounters a malevolent being trapped in an abandoned factory. A true rustic Texas-style thriller.

    Studio: Zallerquad Films

    Starring: Matthew Aycock and Matt Willis

    Directed By: Casey Crow

    Written By: original story “Doppelganger” by S.M. Hastings

    Screenplay By: Casey Crow

    Official Selection List: Oklahoma Horror Film Festival, Bram Stoker International Film Festival, Sacramento Horror Film Festival, Thriller! Chiller!, South Texas Horror Con, Bodega Bay International Short Film Festival, Blood on the Beach II, Directors Circle Festival of Shorts, San Antonio Horrific Film Festival, Long Island Macabre Faire Film Fest, Nevermore Film Festival, Texas Frightmare Weekend 2012, and The Late Night Horror Film Festival.



    Space travel has become a dirty way of life dominated by derelicts, grease monkeys, and hard-boiled interplanetary traders such as Samuel Curtis. Written, directed, and starring Cory McAbee of the legendary cult band The Billy Nayer Show, this sci-fi, musical-western uses flinty black and white photography, rugged Lo-Fi sets and the spirit of the final frontier. We follow Curtis on his Homeric journey to provide the all-female planet of Venus with a suitable male, while pursued by an enigmatic killer, Professor Hess. The film features music by The Billy Nayer Show and some of the most original rock n’ roll scenes ever committed to film.

    Executive Producers: BNS Productions

    Starring: Cory McAbee, Rocco Sisto, Greg Russell Cook, James Ransone & Annie Golden

    Directed By: Cory McAbee

    Written By: Cory McAbee

    Screenplay By: Cory McAbee

    Official Selection List: Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, and all over the world.



    A dangerous mission reunites Stingray Sam with his long lost accomplice, The Quasar Kid. Follow these two space-convicts as they earn their freedom in exchange for the rescue of a young girl who is being held captive by the genetically designed figurehead of a very wealthy planet. Narrated by David Hyde Pierce.

    Executive Producers: BNS Productions

    Starring: Cory McAbee, Crugie, Joshua Taylor & David Hyde Pierce (Narrator)

    Directed By: Cory McAbee

    Written By: Cory McAbee

    Screenplay By: Cory McAbee

    Official Selection List: Sundance Film Festival and all over the world.



    In the old west justice is a blind gunman named Itchy. This short film blends Japanese samurai films with Spaghetti Westerns in an action packed genre mash up. Starring the Guns of the Golden

    Screenplay and Directed By Spencer Estabrooks.
  • 21 Nov 2013 4:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We are confirming the news that effective today, the "Cotton Bowl Speedway 2nd Annual Showdown" has been cancelled due to the weather.  Reschedule dates are TBA in the near future.  If you have any questions please contact Cotton Bowl Speedway for more info.

    Thank you.

    REMINDERS – Sips N Sweet is Saturday at 290 Grind from 7am -11am. Join us for coffee, food and fellowship!

       Christmas Merry Marketplace is this Sunday from 10am to 5pm at the Lee County Youth Center. Admission is free and we will have Soup for Sale as a fundraiser.  $1 of every bowl of soup will be for the Giddings Food Pantry.
  • 20 Nov 2013 5:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We hope you are having a wonderful day!  We have a few reminders for you and want you to have a list of upcoming events & activities that will help you decide where you want to spend your next few weeks.

    Saturday, Nov. 23rd – 2nd Annual Sips & Sweets Coffee Tasting at 290 Grind from 7am -11am benefiting the Seton Development Board. Advance tickets are available from Gretchen Rodstrom for $15.

    Sunday, Nov. 24th – 18th Annual Christmas Merry Marketplace Arts & Crafts Show at the Lee County Youth Center from 10am-5pm. Admission is free. We have had a huge response from vendors this year and have grown to include the cafeteria and the gym. There are lots of new vendors this year and the Youth Center will be selling homemade soup as a fundraiser. We will have two soups to choose from and $1 of every bowl of soup will be donated to the Giddings Food Pantry. Soup is $6 per bowl and we will have Cowboy Stew(Denice Harlan) and Chicken Taco Soup(Donna Orsag). Come Early!

    Thursday, Nov. 28th – First Presbyterian Church will host the Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 11am – 1pm. Everyone is invited. There is no cost, but donations will be accepted.

    Friday, Nov. 29th – Lights of Tejas begins for the Christmas Season.  Visit Camp Tejas every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during December to see their beautifully decorated grounds and hear the true story of Christmas. 

    Saturday, Nov. 30th – Small Business Saturday is for Shopping Local! Stay home and visit all our local retailers for the best after Thanksgiving sales. Christmas is only 25 days away at that point so SHOP LOCAL and SAVE!



    December activities are coming fast!  You may have called or emailed us your holiday schedule already, but we need to know if you want your event publicized. Send a quick note to make sure we have you on our Community Calendar. This includes open houses, Christmas programs, special evenings, and of course any fundraisers going on.
  • 13 Nov 2013 2:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    This looks to be a busy week and month. We are so grateful to live in a country where we can celebrate  all the things we thankful for in Giddings!

    Thursday, Nov. 14th – Congressman McCaul will have his staff here from 11:30am-1pm at the Chamber office. The information is included in the attachments.

    Saturday,  Nov. 16th - Immanuel Lutheran Church is having a free movie, open to everyone. The movie is "The Grace Card", A great family movie about forgiveness and restoration. Saturday Nov16th, 7:00 pm in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. Free popcorn and lemonade, additional snack will be for sale.


    Saturday, Nov. 23rd -  The Giddings Associates of the Seton Development is sponsoring their second annual "Sips and Sweets Coffee Tasting at 290 Grind on Saturday, November 23rd, 7:00 - 11:00 A.M. A $15.00 ticket entitles you to taste a variety of coffees and sweets, participate in the silent auction, receive a special cup, enjoy Saturday morning socializing and perhaps win a door prize. Benefit Seton Breast Cancer Center. 


    Sunday, Nov. 24th – The 18th Annual Christmas Merry Marketplace is going to be held at the Lee County Youth Center for the second year in a row.  We are expecting lots of great vendors this year. Several new vendors have joined us! Can’t wait to reveal all the vendors in next week’s ad.  You are going to want to come out and enjoy the wonderful HOMEMADE SOUPS from Chefs Denice & Donna! A bowl of soup will help benefit the youth center and for every bowl of soup sold, one dollar will be donated to the Giddings Food Pantry! So join us early and remember to bring your cameras because Santa Claus is coming to town!!! KICK OFF YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SEASON!
  • 05 Nov 2013 11:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Reminder about events that happen on Election Day!

    The Noon Lions Club is sponsoring the Mop & Broom Sale today at Classic Bank in the parking lot.  They will be there all day, until the polls close.

    Also on election day, the Giddings Garden Club hosts the annual Walk In Coffee over at the Eleanor Cottage from 9am to 1pm.  Go early to get the best pastries and yummy stuff that these ladies prepare!

    And, finally it is ELECTION DAY! Make it a priority to use your Constitutional Right to VOTE!  There are 12 Propositions on the ballot.  It is important to use your voice and let our Legislature know how we feel about the decisions they make.

    See you in the neighborhood!

  • 16 Sep 2013 3:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We are already half way through September! Gosh the time just flies by…

    We are happy to announce that this promises to be a quiet week! Just in case you were wondering what to do in the next few weeks, we have included a couple of events that are just around the corner.


    ·       Tues. Sept. 17th – Special Called EDC Board Meeting at 5pm in Council Chambers at City Hall

    ·       Wed. Sept. 18th - Wine Down Wednesday at El Charro T  – sponsored by Giddings Residence and Rehabilitation

    ·       Thurs. Sept. 19th – Rotary Club of Giddings, regular lunch meeting at Los Patrones

    ·       Sun. Sept. 22nd – Wendish Fest at Serbin St. Paul Church & Picnic Grounds starting at 8:30am for German Church

    ·       Mon. Sept. 23rd – SHSU-TWC Youth/Employer Banquet at Giddings Public Library at 6:30pm

    ·       Mon. Sept. 23rd – City Council Meeting at 7:00pm in Council Chamber at City Hall

    ·       Wed. Sept. 25th – Thrivent Financial Event at Immanuel Lutheran Church at 6pm

    ·       Thurs. Sept. 26th – Giddings High School Higher Education Career Fair at 8:30am

    ·       Sat. Sept. 28th – Brain Power Five & Dime Fun Run/Walk sponsored by New Horizons Lions Club



    Let us know what you are planning so we can let the community know in our next email blast. Also remember that the Community Digital Sign is available for a small fee.



    "Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better."

    undefined Harry Truman
  • 30 Aug 2013 3:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    We hope you have a fun filled, relaxing weekend planned! As summer ends and the school year, football season, and fall begins; remember to slow down! Slow down and watch for kids, school buses, and the occasional bicyclist or joggers/walkers in the neighborhoods. We want to have a safe community for all.

    Speaking of community - THE DIGITAL SIGN IS FIXED! Yay!

    The sign had some recurring issues that have been repaired. We are excited because we know from so many in the community that it is an important information resource. We are looking forward to getting your community news!

    We are pleased to provide the Digital Sign Application and Information pages for your use. Please print and save. Also, share this information with your staff, family and friends so they can also enjoy the use of the sign.

    As always, we are ever so grateful for our local sponsors – First National Bank and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative for providing the sign to our community! And we want to make a special point to thank City Meat Market for providing the space for the sign.

    Please take time to thank our local Chamber Member businesses for their continued support of the community. It is through their donations of time, treasure, and talent, that Giddings continues to grow and prosper. We are fortunate to live in such a wonderful place!

    There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.
    Albert Einstein
  • 27 Aug 2013 4:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    It is that time of year again! School has started, football is on the horizon and the Texas Word Wrangler Festival is coming to Giddings!

    September 12th and 13th the Giddings Public Library will welcome 21 authors to town for this wonderful, culturally rich event.  Grab your book bag, your reading glasses and library card for a day filled with all kinds of interesting topics. The list includes books for every age and every interest.  Some of the authors will visit the local schools to talk to the students about the writing process and the making of a book. We are fortunate to have Dr. Jeff Kerr with his new book about Austin. He was featured in the Austin American Statesman over the weekend.  Plenty of great authors for every type of reader!  You decide who you would like to visit with at this event.

    As an added bonus, we are accepting coupons to go in the sponsor bags from Chamber members.  We will even pick your coupons or brochures to make sure we get everything in time.  Coupons, brochures or promotional items are great reminders to our visitors about all the great things to see and do while they are in Giddings.

    The Gala event is on Thursday night at the Library! Meet and greet all the authors before for the public event on Friday! Tickets are available at the Giddings Public Library. All proceeds benefit the library programs.





    Book Title



    Zyanya: Always and Forever



    The Cowboy's Cousin



    Phoebe Clappsaddle  Books



    Hug-A-Bug Travels to Greece



    Fat Fannie's Fudge Factory



    No One Else to Kill



    The Fork



    Little Acorn's Big Fall

    William III


    September 11



    The Black Pony

    Dr. Jeff


    Seat of Empire (book about Austin)



    The Best Season- The First 90 Games



    Ringold Rebel



    Bobby Jay: Stick and Stack Are Alive



    Journeys and Getaways

    Patricia Davis


    Cherries Jubilee



    The Heroes of San Jacinto

    Dee Pipes and Charles Yates


    Ravening Wolves



    If Horses Could Talk



    New Angle, New View

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