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  • 30 Jun 2020 1:43 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    We are surprised by the cool and cloudy weather we have been having lately! It really makes my plants and flowers happy, which in turn makes me happy. Plants = happiness!

    Early voting is happening now until July 10th for the local runoff election between Casey Goetz and Garrett Durrenberger for Lee County Sheriff. You can vote at the Giddings Public Library or at the American Legion Hall in Lexington. Election day is July 14th. 

    Did you know that there is a lot to do this weekend around the area. On Friday we are hosting the Grimes Street Music Fest in downtown Giddings on the Courthouse Square. Bring your lawn chairs and a cooler so you can enjoy the music we all love!

    On Saturday the Giddings Volunteer Fire Department will be preparing their famous barbeque and selling it by the pound or in a to go box as a meal. They will also host the Annual Fireworks display at dark after the bullriding.

    The Lee County Sheriff's Posse is hosting their annual Fury on the 4th Bull riding in the Arena. They are excited to be bringing the best bull riders in the country to Giddings. 

    Round Top is hosting the Longest Running Parade West of the Mississippi on Saturday morning in downtown Round Top. It is huge with floats and vehicles from all over Texas. 

    Celebrating our Independence is inherent in us. We live by the Constitution and hold it dear to our hearts. We look forward to these celebrations because they renew our hope. They renew our faith that everything is going to be okay. 

    Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.Hebrews 10:23  

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

  • 11 Jun 2020 11:12 AM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    This morning the weather outside was almost perfect! It brought a smile to my face as soon as I opened the door and walked out to check on the plants. After yesterday's oppressive heat it was important to give everything a nice drink of water. 

    It is amazing how much the humidity can affect the temperature and what you are able to accomplish when it feels nice outside! It is great to see people out and about shopping and working. We have been able to visit with our friends and catch up on everything. People are glad to see things returning to normal after the last several months of staying home.

    We are happy to announce the Grimes Street Music Fest is happening again this year on the Courthouse Square on July 3rd. Then on Saturday, July 4th the Giddings Volunteer Fire Department will host their annual Firemen's Feast and Firework's Show. Also the Lee County Sheriff's Posse will host the Fury on the 4th with Championship Bull Riding. Great community events that are outdoors with plenty of fresh air and warm temperatures. 

    All of this information is great news for our community! We look forward to seeing you out and about!

    Deadline - Friday, June 12 

    Grimes Street Music Fest sponsorship on our Event Forms page

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

  • 04 Jun 2020 3:12 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    Happy Thursday,

    We are moving forward with local activities and plans for returning to a more normal life in Giddings. As we prepare to get businesses open and events start happening we have some guidelines that will be included. These come from the State of Texas and will be shared across all platforms and for every one to easily access. 

    We are so very excited to see the Governor moving forward into Phase 3 of Open Texas and expect things to continue expanding.

    The eternal optimist in me is always looking for the silver lining in every cloud and it gives me HOPE to see people out and about, meeting in their groups, clubs, and organizations. Finding ways to gather in a meaningful way and continue the good work that these organizations promote is the best way to combat the stress and anxiety we have had for the last two and a half months. Keep moving forward is the best thing we can do!

    In preparation for the upcoming Grimes Street Music Fest we are including the sponsor recognition page from last years event. This year will be different but it will still be held on July 3rd on the Lee County Courthouse Lawn! Make plans to spend the day with us and celebrate all the wonderful things we are so grateful for in Giddings. Small Town Life has it's rewards!

    There will be updates soon about the canceled and postponed events that are on the community calendar. We will keep you posted. 

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

    Executive Director

  • 02 Jun 2020 2:51 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    We are excited the upcoming Grimes Street Music Festival that is scheduled for Friday, July 3rd. We believe that it will be a great time to celebrate our community and because it is outside it will be wonderful to see our friends again after being quarantined for two plus months. We look forward to celebrating our freedom to enjoy music and fellowship on the public square which is centered at the Lee County Courthouse. 

    We are also excited to announce the Giddings Volunteer Firemen will host their annual Firemen's Feast and Fireworks show on July 4th and the Lee County Sheriffs Posse will host their annual Bull Riding Fury on the 4th event. 

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    We are ready to get to work and see our community return to the day to day activities that fill us with hope for the future. 

    Other events that have been rescheduled or canceled.

    Senior Citizen Wellness Expo has been taken online and will have a list of senior citizen services available on June 16th. 

    Lee County Juneteenth Parade - canceled

    Immanuel Luther School Knights of the Round Table Gala has been rescheduled to June 26th at The Silos on 77. Tickets available at Classic Bank or Immanuel Lutheran School. 

    Watch for other important announcements.

    Have a great day!

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

    Executive Director

  • 22 May 2020 12:26 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    As the temperature heats up, remember to drink plenty of water so you don't get dehydrated. Enjoy the great outdoors! Take time to smell the flowers because even the smallest can produce the biggest fragrance. 

    Going out to eat is such a treat now... I love to visit my favorite restaurants and see all the familiar faces out and about makes me so happy.  It is good for the soul to see our friends and neighbors out in the community, supporting all of our small businesses. Thank you for everything you do!

    We are going to be closed on Monday for Memorial Day. Remember and Honor!

    We hope you have a great weekend!

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

    Executive Director

  • 14 May 2020 9:42 AM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    As you all may have guessed the summer events are already going to be challenging for our businesses and Senior Citizens to attend. Our Chamber met and discussed all the possibilities regarding our Senior Expo in June 2020. The conclusion reached was that it's difficult to find a safe way to hold the event.

    The safety of our senior population and all those who serve them are very important to us. At this time we will cancel the 2020 Senior Expo, which gives us an opportunity to do a little something different. We are going to create a page on our website that is for Senior Citizens and their caregivers!


    Designed to give the senior citizen and their caregivers information about the many services available in our community. Just like in the past we will create a page with the name of the company, website, email, and phone number that will be easy to access. All companies that have already invested in the expo can request a refund or we will apply your funds towards a spot on our Online Senior Citizen Resource Guide, to highlight your information on the page.

    If you usually join us as a vendor at the Senior Expo or were thinking about it, we will have both paid and free listings in our Online Senior Citizen Resource Guide. Contact the Chamber for more information or check back when we post the details next week.

    Our goal is to help senior citizens get the current information they need. 

    We know that everyone loved the hands on expo, but it is probably not going to ever be the same. We will see what the future holds. 

    Thank you all for being such awesome supporters of our Senior Expo! This too shall pass...

    We will look at hosting the event again in the year 2021!

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

    Executive Director

  • 08 May 2020 10:28 AM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)

    Happy Friday! We have a lot to celebrate today. 

    I'll have a Coke with my pie! We love all nurses, but today celebrate the student nurses who are working hard to learn from home, and finally, we celebrate the incredible Military Spouse who is a Super Hero in our book! 




    We hope you have a great weekend and look forward to beautiful, sunny days ahead!

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

  • 01 May 2020 11:09 AM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    We are excited to see Texas opening up. There are some restrictions that will be applied so be very patient with businesses and each other. We will begin to see things return to normal soon. 

    This warm, sunny weather is giving us a reason to get outside and enjoy nature. It is good for you and helps to strengthen your immune system.

    Vitamin D is often referred to as “the sunshine vitamin” because the sun is one of the best sources of this nutrient. Your skin hosts a type of cholesterol that functions as a precursor to vitamin D. When this compound is exposed to UV-B radiation from the sun, it becomes vitamin D.  

    In other news, we will begin to visit our local restaurants and favorite getaways. We have attached some guidelines to help you. The individual and employer information is included. It is important to do your part. 

    We are offering employers and job seekers an online job fair  through Workforce Solutions Rural Capitol Area. Sign up today. You may find the employee or career of your dreams.

    As a rural community we are looking for ways to help you get access to the things you need locally. We are reaching out to the community to help create our own Shop Local - Farm to Table group where you can get locally sourced food products. In the past we had a Farmers Market which struggled, but it is time to bring back the Local Food Producers. Contact our office to get on the list. Send us your 

    name, product, address, email, phone number. We are going to post this on our website and the website. Rural Texas is the Real Texas. If we grow it, they will come!



    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

    Executive Director

  • 29 Apr 2020 4:37 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    Our office is compiling an active list of local products that can be bought by the public and potentially shipped out of Lee County to shoppers all over the world. 

    Please send us your preferred information to add to the list. This will be included in our ARCIT Website to help rural producers sell their products. 

    Email any information to:

    Shop Local is great for our community, but it is our belief that garden to table products are going to become more desirable to the city/urban dwellers.

    Locally Sourced Foods and Products/Made in GIDDINGS or TEXAS will be very important going forward. 

    We hope you will consider joining us and participating in our efforts.

    Please share this information with others that will be interested in participating.

    Denice Harlan, PCED, IOM

    Executive Director

  • 27 Apr 2020 1:28 PM | Kelita Alberts (Administrator)


    We have several updates for you and hope you are having a great Monday!

    The PPP has ben extended. You can apply today to the SBA for funds. Talk to your lender about an application. If you need to find a lender go to the SBA website:

    There will be a testing site open here on Wednesday. All the information is below. 

    FLAG CEREMONY - Monday evening from Rusty Scholl

    Here's the Sunday update for the flag ceremony tomorrow evening.

    Hunter Biehle's casket is due to arrive in Austin on Southwest Flight #2022 at 5:45 pm. How smoothly everything goes at the airport will determine when the procession leaves Austin. Paul Kipp will call me as they leave. At that time we will start passing out flags, going from west to east.
    Each flag has a corresponding small orange turf marker with the flag holder's number on it.
    I can't tell you what time is best, as there are two many variables. I recommend arriving about 6:45 pm or earlier and finding your turf market. Bring lawn chairs if you desire.
    No uniforms are required, but they can be worn. Same for military caps and ball caps. As the procession passes saluting would be nice.
    After the procession passes the same truck that delivered the flags will come by and pick them up.
    Hopefully we can provide a show of support for the family that they will always remember. Lee County honors military service with pride..
    It would also be nice if you can pick up the turf marker and put it in the truck also.
    The Giddings fire department, police department, and sheriff's department are all involved, as well as these branches of the towns that the procession will drive through.
    This is going to be a long post as here are the flag locations. Some are going to be added later as I messed up when we were marking this morning. I do know that I was tired after walking and marking 3.6 miles.

    Everyone please check you flag locations. I know I texted a lot of errors when I was letting people know where to go.
    3. Small cemetery off hwy 290
    4. Sonic billboard
    5. Closed gas station across from metal building shop
    6. Across from CEFCO
    7. Across from Tractor Supply
    8. Los Patrones
    9. Wilberts Tire
    10 Across from Buc-ees
    11.Across from Starbucks
    13. Auto Zone
    14.ClosedPawn Shop
    15 Across from America's Best Motel
    16. Across from Giddings water tank
    17. Round Top Bank
    18. Sonic
    19.Whistle Stop Antiques.
    20 Liquor Depot
    21. Los Primos meat market
    22. Across from Golden Chick
    23. Burger King
    24. Chevron sign
    25. Rebas
    26. Citizens Bank
    27. B&B Auto Supply
    28. Across from car wash
    29. Across from Santa Fe Steak House
    30. Across from RBS Campers
    31. Intersection of Dallas and hwy 290
    32. Center of cemetery
    33. West entrance of cemetery
    34. Insurance billboard at west side of power station
    35. Center of power station
    36. East of Texaco station
    37. Travel Plaza Truck stop
    38. West of Texaco station
    39. RV store
    40. RV company west entrance
    41. Mayer Road
    42. Tejas Trading Post Sign
    43-46 Tejas Trading Sign
    Thank you for accepting all my errors.
    Weather is forecast to be clear and the temperature about 80 degrees
    Thank you everyone and God bless..

    Free Covid Testing by Appointment from Lee County
    This will be a mobile drive through Covid-19 Testing site

    Where: at the Giddings Public Library, 276 N. Orange St, Giddings
    When: Wednesday, April 29 from 9am-5pm
    How: By appointment only. Call 512-883-2400 or go to

    Only individuals with symptoms will qualify for the limited testing:
    Fever - Chills - Cough - Fatigue - Body Aches - Shortness of Breath - Sore Throat - Headaches - Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea - Nasal Congestion - Loss of Taste/Smell

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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