The Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 40th year as a chamber.  We are excited about all the opportunities the year has before us and we want to begin the season with a great event.

            Each year the Chamber helps host the Welcome Back Weekend to encourage everyone to come back to the lake and welcome them to the beginning of the season.  This year we will once again have the Night at the Races.

            The Night at the Races is a fun filled event with “funny money” that can be bet on a number of horse races throughout the evening.  We also will have several other events going on through the night like turtle races (the slowest two minutes in racing) and the creative Derby hat contest, to honor the traditions of the Kentucky Derby.

            There are a number of sponsorship levels available and we want to encourage Chamber members to invite friends and clients to this event and help make the 40th year kickoff event an exciting night to remember.

            Tickets are on sale now and are $25, unless you wear a hat, then the price is $20.  Any hat will do.  It doesn’t have to be fancy, but we would prefer a little creativity in the hat selection.   There are also opportunities to sponsor horses and jockeys so you can be as involved as you want to be.

            So join us March 5th at Cherokee Yacht Club at 7 pm for a fun night of horse racing and friendship and let’s have a great kickoff to the season.

            If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Chamber at 782-3214, e-mail at or visit the website


Lora Jackson

Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce