Chamber gears up for Heritage Days; director search continues

Thursday, August 24, 2023

McCOOK, Neb. – The McCook Chamber of Commerce is moving ahead with plans for the 2023 Heritage Days Oct. 11-14.

While the chamber is without a president and CEO, a strong core of seven or eight board members is stepping up and covering the bases until a new leader is hired, according to Past Chair Lori Beeby.

The 2023 Heritage Days theme is “Kinda Corny!,” which isn’t meant to be a jab. The corn-themed event will provide lots of opportunities for creative events, food, games, entertainment, and parade entries, she said.

The annual celebration will kick off on Wed, Oct. 11 with a mixer hosted by MNB Bank. Royalty, Grand Marshall, Parade Marshall, and Honor Family will be announced at the mixer.

Nominations are currently being accepted and nomination forms are available on the chamber’s website. Deadline for nominations is Sept. 15.

On Thursday, Oct. 12, a community celebration will take place at Norris Alley, organized by McCook Community Foundation Fund, Beautify McCook, Norris Institute, and McCook Rotary.

Food and drinks will be available at the celebration, which begins at 6 p.m.

On Friday, Oct. 13, the McCook Bison host Adams Central at Weiland Field.

The highlight of the weekend will be the annual Heritage Days Parade on Sat., Oct. 14. Businesses, organizations, and individuals are encouraged to register their entry by filling out the online form available on the chamber’s website.

The chamber also encourages craft and food vendors who would like to set up in Norris Park on Saturday to complete an online vendor form.

Early risers will enjoy Saturday’s 5K race co-sponsored by the McCook YMCA and Community Hospital.

There will also be a cute baby contest for children up to 18 months old, organized by Kinship Pointe. Kids’ activities and entertainment plans at the bandshell in Norris Park are being finalized.

Beeby told the Gazette that applications are still being accepted for the director position and interviews will be conducted by the Chamber’s executive committee.

In the meantime, she encourages anyone with questions or concerns to call the chamber office at (308) 345-3200 or email

Board members are taking turns carrying out the responsibilities of the chamber and are more than willing to help with any issues or questions.

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