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  • 01 Feb 2021 5:02 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    Today marks 15 years with the Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce. This is quite a milestone for me. It is also the best job/career I have done in my life. During the last 15 years I have achieved numerous educational certificates and designations that have helped me to excel in my industry. I have met individuals from across the nation and the world because of my particular job. I am extremely blessed to be able to work with all the best people in our community and businesses. I feel so fortunate to be able to wake up every morning and do what I do. 

    Over the past 15 years we have moved twice, created numerous events and activities, and seen many changes. We have supported our city, county, state, and national government on many levels. I have served as a board member on numerous boards and as an advisor on several boards.  It has been my pleasure to help promote Giddings in Austin on Lee County Day with many of our community leaders. 

    I will continue to advocate, promote, refer, and represent Giddings and Lee County. Thank you for all the great days as your Chamber Director.

    Denice Harlan

  • 25 Jan 2021 2:35 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    It looks like Tampa Bay and Kansas City are going to be in the Super Bowl on February 7th. The two quarterbacks are from two different generations and both Super Bowl winners. It should be a great show.  

    This week we do have exciting news for our members. Our new member J. E. Bashaw and Company is hosting their Ribbon Cutting and Open House on Tuesday, January 26th, from 5-7pm. Jeb and Laurel Bashaw divide their time between Giddings and Houston. We are excited to see them open their new office located at 1174 E. Austin, in the building next to Whistle Stop Antiques. 

    In other exciting news this week we are getting ready for the 2nd Annual Sip & Shop Cupid Market at The Silos on 77. Lori and Lisa are co-sponsoring this event and we are thrilled to have them as partners for this event.  We are looking forward to having the vendors here and will be getting our Valentine gifts early this year. The event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. The venue will be taking temperatures and encourages everyone to wear their mask. 

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    Finally, we are ready to get back to work and help you get busy in 2021!

    We are  excited for our workshop on Feb 2ndPlease use this link to the Eventbrite page for this workshop:

  • 18 Dec 2020 12:39 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    Happy Friday! We hope you have had a great week and that most of your Christmas shopping is done by now. You still have time to go to our many wonderful local businesses and pick up something for your favorites! There are so many choices and really cool stuff for every hard-to-buy-for family member! 

    I got so excited last night while I was at Gourmet Divas for the Sip & Shop late night shopping event. I was wandering around looking at all the cool kitchen gadgets to see what all they have and I discovered a life-changing tool for my kitchen! Y'all know I make hot sauce every year for the holidays... The food processors that you buy over the counter are too small to make one gallon of hot sauce in, much less three gallons. WELL... I found an immersion blender. OMG! I am excited to go home tonight and start making some HOT SAUCE. I'm a little excited to say the least. It takes so little to make me happy!

    In other news, the Christmas Lights Extravaganza was a huge success and we want to start thinking about how we can make it better and bigger for next year. The City of Giddings has once again hung the Christmas Angels on the light poles through town, but they are going on 20 years old, have been restrung once already and need a rest. The Courthouse Nativity Scene that lights up is getting so old the lights won't work anymore. We really need to start talking about how we can light this town up for Christmas next year. Call me or Judge Fischer if you want to be included in the discussion. Our Christmas Spirit is really shining!

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

    Executive Director

  • 10 Dec 2020 4:44 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    We are struggling to spend more of our day outside because of the wonderful weather. I threatened to move my desk outside to work. It is just so relaxing to sit in the sun on the front porch and soak up all the wonderful sunshine. I can say that East Hempstead is a very busy street, and I see everyone go by on their way to somewhere. Life is great in Giddings!

    We are excited to remind you of the extended hours for shopping locally tonight at local shops. They are all eager to help you with all your Christmas shopping. From 6-8PM Ashley's Attic, Gourmet Divas, and The Grapevine will help you shop, select, wrap, and possibly ship your gifts. The ladies have been working hard to get everything ready for you.

  • 09 Oct 2020 12:07 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    This weekend is chock full of activities for you and your family to enjoy. MAKE PLANS TO GO TO THE CPRA RODEO FINALS! Friday and Saturday nights will feature the CPRA Finals at the Lee County Sheriff's Posse Arena. Tickets are available at the gate only.

    Sunday morning there is a drive thru fundraiser at The Silos for Bethany Lara. Tickets are $10 per plate.

    Sunday evening on the Courthouse lawn we will enjoy music from the Lost Cause Band and TUB. We are celebrating our Patriotic Festival with flags and fans! Come be a part of our wonderful community event.

    Tuesday the Lee County Texas Veterans Association is having a DRIVE THRU Chicken Spaghetti Fundraiser at the American Legion Hall. The tickets have been sold in advance. If you still want a ticket, you must call me immediately! I may have a few, I know a guy who may have a few. WE are down to the wire! 

    THEN, we roll into next week when we will reveal our Community Award winners! Exciting times.

    There was a little confusion about the Lee County Cleanup Day - October 17th from 9am-noon. It's easy to make a mistake, and we make some. The County Precinct yards will accept certain household items. 

    Lee County Commissioners

    Free Clean Up Day

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

    9:00am - 12:00pm

    Drop off at Precinct Barns

    Drop off locations-

    Precinct Barn #1  979-542-6065

    1007 PR 1411, Giddings

    Precinct Barn #2  979-542-2522

    1530 US Hwy 77, Giddings

    Precinct Barn #3  979-542-6897

    Belton & 4th Street, Lexington

    Precinct Barn #4  979-542-1388

    1056 Walnut Street, Lincoln

    Acceptable Items - Carpeting, mattresses, appliances, old furniture, other household discards.
    Items NOT accepted - no tires, no batteries, no wire, no tin, no yard waste, no hazardous materials, no building materials.

    Clean up days are the second weekend in April & October

    The other things that are coming up can be seen at our website, facebook, or instagram pages. 


    Denim & Diamonds Gala, Chamber Banquet, Election Day, National Retriever Championships, Honor Park Dedication, and Sip & Shop! Call if you need the information sooner. It is just so much stuff.
  • 15 Sep 2020 10:04 AM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    We have seen lots of folks posting on their social media outlets about the huge migration of the hummingbirds this year. The little tiny birds are amazing to watch and so ferocious! Territorial and vicious about who comes to their feeder. The entertainment value is greatly increased by the beautiful colors they display. They are one of the many migratory species that we in Texas get to enjoy! I really like the Monarch Butterfly migration too!

    If you are a high school football fan you have been waiting for Friday Night Lights for a while now. We are cheering for our Lee County teams and pray they stay safe. Go Buffs, Go Eagles, Go Longhorns!

    On Friday the Giddings Fire Department unveiled their addition to the 911 World Trade Center display at the Giddings Fire Station. The beautiful granite markers were donated by Jacob Janda and tell the story of the gift to our city. After the 911 Tribute at the Giddings Fire Station, there was an evening event at the Firemen's Airline Park that included a Cornhole Tournament, live and silent auctions, and music. The crowd was entertained during the auction as the competition heated up over some really awesome auction items. After the auctions were completed Kenny Orts took the stage and opened the evening with the National Anthem which he sang acapella! It was beautiful. It was a wonderful night, and if you happened to be out in the country you may have seen two beams of light that represented the Twin Towers. The Patriot Day event was awesome.

    As we look forward to the cooler weather and getting to do more activities, we want to make you aware of some events that are coming up in October. The Black Bridge Festival and National Night Out have been canceled this year, but there are other events that you will want to attend. 

    October 10th - CPRA Rodeo at the Sheriff's Posse Arena

    October 11th - Grimes Street Music Fest on the Courthouse Square

    October 13th - American Legion Chicken Spaghetti at the American Legion Hall - drive thru only

    October 17th - Southwest Rodeo Hall of Fame - Leon Coffee at the Silos on 77

    October 24th - New Horizons Lions Club Denim & Diamonds Gala at the Silos on 77

    October 27th - Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Banquet - Mask-arade Ball at the Venue on Main

    October 31st - Halloween activities - TBD

    Shop Local, Support Local. We are committed to helping our community thrive!

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

    Executive Director

  • 21 Aug 2020 1:26 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    I am so excited!!! During my morning reading I discovered a weather resource that is so cool! It is August and anything that can cool is huge...  Everything you ever needed to know about weather is on this page. I have to say that with the way 2020 has been so far, I will not be surprised by anything,,, but, I am so impressed with the amount of information on Mike's page. Go check it out and tell us what you think.

    I am also happy to report that my second grandbaby arrived safe and sound this week. Dylan Mae Horne weighed in at 8 pounds and 6 ounces, 20.5 inches long, with dark curly hair. Gus and Sarah are home already and Madison is very curious about the new addition. We are very excited to see the family grow. Thank you to everyone for their thoughts and prayers. 

    Reminders about upcoming events -

    • US Census - complete the census on your phone, online, or by mail.
    • 100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote was ratified on August 26, 1920 - register to vote
    • Patriot Day - September 11th the Giddings Volunteer Fire Department will host their annual auction at the Giddings Firemen's Park starting at 6pm. The Giddings Breakfast Lions will have food available for sale, and the Fire Department will have cold beer. Kenny Orts will provide music after the auction.

      “Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.” – Napoleon Bonaparte  

      Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

      Executive Director

  • 18 Aug 2020 11:09 AM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    Good morning!!!

    If you are like me you look for a reason to celebrate every single day! The excitement and enthusiasm is starting to slowly return to our lives. We have so much to be grateful for today. 

    There are several things that I want to let you know about this morning. I can hardly contain myself...

    The next season of the Netflix series takes a look at barbecue around the world

    Kelita and I were so blessed to be able to work with an awesome film crew in January this year as they were working on this project! We had actually been working with Michael Hilliard for over a year as they planned the project. It is a real process when it comes to filming in your community. We are grateful to each and everyone who helped to make this possible. The real hero is Tootsie Tomanetz and we are so happy to be able to give you this information.

    Remember to register to vote! Fill out your US Census form! Take time to smell the flowers! Be Brave!!!

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

    Executive Director

  • 17 Jul 2020 2:59 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    Let's talk about the good news!

    The Labor Market report came out and Lee County and Fayette County saw their unemployment number drop the most of all the counties in the Rural Capital Area. (5.2 for Giddings, 7.2 for Bastrop and 5.2 for Fayette.) That is good news for our community and for our local businesses that are open.

    We are hopeful that our city, state, and country can return to normal at some point. Being able to work and have your business open is so important. We encourage everyone to shop local to help our community as a whole. We are all here to support each other through the good times and the not so good times. 

    Find ways to encourage each other and give your friends and neighbors support. It will give us all a better outlook on the future. 

    We hope you have a wonderful weekend and try to stay cool! This heat is no joke!

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

    Executive Director

  • 14 Jul 2020 1:23 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    July is always warm, but 108* is pretty hot even for Giddings!  We are looking for a shady spot to park wherever we go. Standing in the shade in the morning is somewhat pleasant as long as you don't move too much! We are always prepared for the heat but it is surprising to go from the inside, dark, cool air conditioned place to the blast furnace that is outside. Drink lots of water and try to stay cool!!!

    Today is the runoff election for Lee County Sheriff.

    The Lee County Veterans Wall project which is moving along with the help of so many great volunteers! You can check out the new addition to Veterans Park by driving into the City Park located behind Shoppa's John Deere Tractor Dealership. We are excited to see the progress. 
    If you want to be part of the project, you can visit their website and sponsor a paver.

    Finally, we are currently accepting nominations for our Community Awards. The Chamber Banquet will be held later this year. The new date will be decided and you will be notified. 

    Hope you have a great week and remember to go vote!

Giddings Chamber of Commerce
183 E. Hempstead
Giddings, TX 78942
Located in the Lee County Museum, off the Courthouse Square

Contact:  (979) 542-3455
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