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  • 31 Aug 2018 1:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    As we say farewell to summer(not the heat) and the long warm evenings, we also say HELLO to football, school activities, and pumpkin lattes(ewww). 

    It's okay to be happy that seasons change, and with it we see new, exciting things happening around us.

    You will find our weekly eblast attached at the bottom of the page.  In it you will find some great activities that are family friendly and FREE.  This is a great way to get out in the community and see what is happening at Camp Tejas and the Giddings Public Library. Later in the month when it is a little cooler you can head out to Serbin for their annual Wendish Fest and learn about the history and heritage of the Wends.

    Just a reminder, it is 8 weeks until Halloween, 12 weeks until Thanksgiving, and 16 weeks until Christmas! 

    Happy Labor Day! We will be closed on Monday to observe the holiday. 

    History of Labor Day

    Labor Day: What it Means

    Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

    Tejas Family Fun Day
    Sunday, September 9, 2018
    from 2:00pm to 7:00pm at
    Camp Tejas, 1038 PR 2191

    Tejas Camp & Retreat Center will host a Family Fun Day on Sunday, September 9th from 2:00 - 7:00. The event, which will be held at 1038 PR 2191, Giddings, TX, will be a great opportunity for the whole family to come out and experience what Tejas has to offer.

    Tejas is a premier Christian retreat center located in Giddings, TX. They are committed to Setting the Stage for Jesus to Transform Lives. They do this through summer camps, retreats and Lights of Tejas.

    During the Family Fun event, many of the fun activities will be open, including the pool, zip lines, quick jumps, skyline swing, lazy river, double wet willie water slides, lake trapeze, double water zip lines, gaga ball, volleyball, boating, water slide, basketball, and more. In addition to the activities, Tejas will also be serving a free BBQ dinner from 4:30 to 6:30.

    This event is free and open to the local community and anyone who wants to learn more about Tejas Camp & Retreat Center.

    To learn more about this event:
    visit camptejas.org/funday
    OR contact Naomi Faltin at (979)366-2422 EXT. 710.

    For more information about Tejas Camp Retreat Center, visit camptejas.org.

    Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival
      Fri-Sat, September 14-15, 2018 (2nd weekend)
    from 9-5 Friday, 10-2 Saturday
    at the Giddings Public Library & Cultural Center

    TWWF started in 2005, so Giddings could recognize and encourage the many talented authors in Texas. Authors come to meet the community, speak to the schools and sell and autograph their books.

    Location: Giddings Public Library & Cultural Center, 276 N. Orange, Giddings, Texas 78942
    Contact: 979-542-2716    


    Annual Wendish Fest
    Sunday, September 23, 2018 (4th Sunday)

    Enjoy the traditions of the Wendish and see demonstrations of noodle, saurkraut & sausage making as well as the painting of the beautiful Easter eggs. Tour the St. Paul Lutheran painted church and Wendish Museum. Other sites and activities include food, stone ground corn meal, classic autos and farm equipment, contests, coffee cake bake off, auctions and things for the children.

    Texas Wendish Heritage Society, 1011 County Road 212, Giddings, Texas 78942

    For information call: (979) 366-2441

    Email: wendish@bluebon.net                    http://www.texaswendish.org/Pages/WendishFest.aspx


    TEEN NIGHT: 7-11:30PM $10.00 Admission
    Thursday, July 5, 2018: Snake River Red Band
    Thursday, July 12, 2018: DJ Jason Haas
    Thursday, July 19, 2018: DJ Jason Haas
    Thursday, July 26, 2018: DJ Johnny Condell
    Thursday, August 2, 2018: Snake River Red Band
    Thursday, August 9, 2018: DJ Jason Haas

    Saturday, July 14, 2018: Kenny Orts $10.00 Admission
    Saturday, August 4, 2018: Blake Torrey $10.00 Admission
    Saturday, August 11, 2018: Derek Spence & Southern County Line Band George
    Strait Tribute $20-$30 Admission
    Friday, September 28, 2018: The Emotions $10.00 Admission
    Saturday, November 3, 2018: Jason Cassidy $15.00 Admission
    Saturday, December 1, 2018: Glen Templeton $25-$75 Admission
    Saturday, December 31, 2018: The Triumphs $25-$45 Admission
    Tickets can be purchased online at:
    or email info@the-silos.com for order forms.

    Get your "Buy Happiness, Buy Local" tshirt
    at the Chamber of Commerce

    Sizes S-M are $18
    XL is $21
    Contact the Chamber: 979-542-3455, chambergiddings@gmail.com

  • 13 Aug 2018 2:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We are very happy that the 2018 Business and Community Awards Banquet is in the books!  We had a great crowd and everyone enjoyed the food, fellowship, and fun this year.  

    The banquet theme this year was "Grow Where You Are Planted" which gave us lots a ways to honor our many award recipients. We are grateful for the opportunity to exceed your expectations, and to plant the seeds of love for our future. 

    We hope you are able to enjoy this last week of summer before school starts. Be safe in your travels during this time.

    96th Annual Chamber Business and Community Awards Banquet

    Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support for the Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Awards Banquet.  We are proud of our award recipients and the many contributions they have made to our community. Each award recipient embodies the values of our community.

    Thank you to all of our board members and the volunteers who worked so hard to prepare for the event. Thank you to our fantastic Master of Ceremonies, Paul Kipp, for his humor throughout the evening. We are fortunate and blessed to live in a community that values hard work, volunteering, and caring for our neighbors.


    Giddings Independent School District

    Giddings Noon Lions Club

    Pieratt’s Pharmacy

    First National Bank

    Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative

    Altman Plants

    Citizens National Bank

    City of Giddings

    Classic Bank

    First Assembly of God

    Giddings Breakfast Lions Club

    Giddings New Horizon Lions Club

    Siegeler Insurance Agency, Inc

    Tejas Health Care 

    The Nitsche Group

    Giddings Residence & Rehab

    Lee County Peanut Company

    Mike Hopkins Distributing, Inc.
  • 27 Jul 2018 10:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We are happy to have cooler temperatures in Giddings this week after a cool front passed through... from 107 down to 99 degrees?  WE WILL TAKE IT!

    That's what we have been hearing all over town. You know it is summer in Texas when the average daily temperature hovers aroung 100 degrees. It's TEXAS!

    The Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the upcoming Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Awards recipients.


    - Outstanding Citizen of the Year

    - Outstanding Civic Organization of the Year


    - Lifetime Achievement Award

    - Outstanding Business of the Year

    - Outstanding Youth of the Year

    - Outstanding Customer Service of the Year

    The Chamber Banquet information is attached and the other local events and activities are listed. Share this with your staff, family, and friends.

    Thank you to everyone who helps make this community such a wonderful place to live, work, and volunteer.
  • 17 Jul 2018 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The weather has been very warm, but if you get some rain every once in a while it doesn't seem so bad.  We have been very busy with our usual summer activities.  We have been visited at the museum by several descendents of the Schubert family and and the Giddings family.  It is always so interesting to hear the stories from the families. 

    Check out the local activities that we have in our attached pdf.  We will reveal our Chamber Award winners in August.  It is going to be so great!

    EXAMPLE - Yesterday the Giddings Animal Shelter posted a beautiful black lab. That was at 8:27am. Today at 3:16pm they posted that she had been adopted.  There were 65 shares. 

    Facebook is our friend. The exponential power is infinite.  Your business can get a facebook page for free. Let us know if you need help.

    We are so happy to have the rain in July and if you have been noticing the crape myrtles are absolutely beautiful this year.

    Happy Friday the 13th!  We hope you have a wonderful weekend. Send us your outstanding photos or post them on our Facebook page so we can like and share them. The power of the internet is infinite. 

    Denice Harlan, IOM

    Executive Director

    Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce

    P.O. Box 52

    183 E. Hempstead 

    Giddings, Texas 78942

  • 22 Jun 2018 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We hope you will be able to come out to the quilt show this weekend. So many fun activities are available.

    Victorian Romance Quilt Show
    by Happy Hearts Quilt Guild
    Friday June 22 from 10am-5pm
    and Saturday June 23 from 10am-4pm
    at The Silos on 77, 1031 CR 223
    Bed turning featuring antique quilts both days at 11:30am and 2pm
    Quilt Raffle with drawing at 3:30pm Saturday. Tickets $1 each or 6 for $5

    Rock & Roll at the
    Lee County Youth Center Annual Fundraiser
    Friday June 22 from 6-10pm
    at the Landmark Event Center, 289 N. Main St.
    Tickets $40 single, $75 Couple
    Performance by the Black Cat Choir
    Enjoy a variety of delicious buffet items and a coke float!

    Lee County Youth Center Summer Program
    Hours: 8am to 5:30pm on Monday thru Thursday
    Friday hours depend on field trips
    Registration forms available at LCYC
    Camps Offered:
    Arts, Indian, Survival school, Archery/Darts (4th grade and up), Theater, Mustard Seed, Movie theater room and much more.
    Summer camp starts Monday June 4. Come and enjoy the fun at LCYC

    Giddings Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet
    August 7, 2018 at 6pm
    at American Legion Hall
    The Chamber is accepting nominations for the following awards: Youth Achievement Award, Civic Organization of the Year, Business of the Year, Life-Time Achievement Award, Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year.
    Send nominations to: Giddings Chamber of Commerce, 183 E. Hempstead, Giddings TX 78942

    Senior Expo, Red White and You! For Lee and Fayette County
    June 26, 2018 from 10am to 2pm
    for Senior Citizens ages 55 and up and their caregivers.
    at the American Legion Hall on Hwy 77 North
    Community businesses and non profits will provide area information about services, businesses, lifestyle information, and health care availability locally and in the region.
    Lunch will be provided to seniors
    Chamber of Commerce 979-542-3455

    Lunch and Learn hosted by Personnel Services
    Wednesday, June 27 from 11:30am to 1pm
    at Blinn College, 100 Ranger Drive, Rm 120 in Schulenburg
    Melissa Judd,  speaker
    "From Harvey Weinstein to Who's Next?" Preventing Harassment in the workplace and what to do when claims are made.
    Email RSVP and registration online: donna@psstaffing.com by Monday June 25 at 5pm
    Lunch will be provided by Personnel Services

    Fury on the 7th, Championship Bull Riding
    in the LCSP Covered Arena on Hwy 290
    Saturday July 7 at 7pm
    Gates open at 6pm
    Tickets: Advance ticket $15; Gate price $20, Kids 7-12 $5; 6 and under $free
    Ice cold beer by the Giddings Volunteer Fire Department
    Snake River Red performing on the LCSP Pavilion Stage after the bull riding
    Tickets available at local retailers and at www.outhousetickets.com

  • 06 Apr 2018 11:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We are excited to be able to send out the 2018 Lee County Fair information to you.  We have been working hard to get things updated and we know we have one correction that we want to add.

    The deadline on the sponsorship package has been extended to April 12th! We realized you may need another week to get the forms filled out and turned in to the committee. 

    Our sponsors are recognized in print and this is a great opportunity to help provide scholarships to our local high school students. They work hard for the fair committee to earn the money they need for college.

    Help us help our kids! We need you to sponsor the fair or buy season passes from our local Lee County Youth Fair Board.


    Please help welcome our newest members to the Chamber!

    Concord Church – Pastor Stanley Harris (relocated in the former Phillips & Luckey)
    Roy Milam Painting – Roy Milam (Painted the Depot and the underpinning on our building)
    Davam Urgent Care
    Larry Whitley – Giddings Taxi & Delivery Service
    Jennifer Dunkin - Cedar Frame

  • 26 Mar 2018 11:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    As we prepare for Easter we can appreciate the warm, beautiful weather so much more now. We are grateful for sunshine and spring flowers. The harsh winter was unusual for us and very uncomfortable. We are glad to be able to sit out on the porch and enjoy lunch again.

    Below are some of the wonderful events and activities that are scheduled for our community. We are looking forward to our afternoon walking meetings and the new Healthy Living Series coming soon. 

    Watch for new and exciting news about the Chamber Open House, Senior Expo, and the Lee County Fair.  We are working hard to get all the information out to you.

    We do want to recognize our newest members of the Chamber and ask you to stop by and say hi this week..

    Concord Church – Pastor Stanley Harris (relocated to the former Phillips & Luckey)

    Roy Milam Painting – Roy Milam (underpinned our building)

     Davam Urgent Care - former Hibbetts Sports

    Giddings Taxi & Delivery Services - Larry Whitley

    The Chamber will close for Good Friday, Mary 30th.


    Riley Key Scholarship Barrel Racing - March 23-25
    Shred Day at H&R Block - March 31 from 9am-noon
    Tejas Health Care now open every second and fourth Saturday
    Rodeo Giddings - April 13-14
    Martin Luther Lutheran Church Walk in Coffee - April 10 from 10am-1pm

  • 20 Mar 2018 9:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy days are here again, now that the temperatures are nice and everything is blooming.

    We are happy to announce that our Chamber Member Business of the Month is Bluebonnet Electric Coop. We are so happy to recognize our members for their enormous support in the community.  Photos are forthcoming.

    Spring Break has been a great time for us here at the museum. We have had lots of visitors throughout the week.  Yesterday we even had a 1928 Ford out in the front of the courthouse taking photos, so we got in on the action.  Beautifully restored, working vehicle.

    Watch for our upcoming news about great things we are planning for the spring and summer. We will have new programs, new member benefits, and our survey results. 

    • Special Olympics at Buffalo Stadium – March 24th
    • Riley Key Barrel Race – March 23-25th
    • H&R Block Shred Day – March 31st
    • Breakfast & Business – April 5th
    Hope you have a great weekend!
  • 07 Dec 2017 1:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Merry Christmas to you! We hope you will come to the Christmas at the Courthouse this week.  We are excited to be back at the Courthouse this year! Join us in singing Christmas Carols, have cookies and hot chocolate, make a Christmas card, and enjoy the lights.  We are so excited to have our Courthouse lit up this year.

  • 16 Nov 2017 3:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We are excited about the upcoming holidays and all the activities that are held during the next several weeks.  We have worked hard to gather the information together for you and we ask you to share with your family and friends.  

    The Ministerial Alliance is sponsoring the Community Thanksgiving Service which is coming up on Sunday at the First Baptist Church. It is held right after the Christmas Merry Marketplace. We hope you will stop by and get some of your shopping done.

    Christmas at the Courthouse is also exciting as we return to the courthouse square to celebrate with the community. 

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

Contact:  (979) 542-3455
Chamber email:  chambergiddings@gmail.com
Tourism email:  giddingschamber@gmail.com

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