Save the Date – September 8, 2018 Oh Boy!
The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Oh Boy! The Best of the Boy Bands presented by the Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus on Saturday, September 8th, 8 pm at the New Milford High School Auditorium.
Tickets are available for purchase online at www.gnmcc.booktix.com.
Prices are $25.00 Premium Seating and $20.00 Regular Seating.
With proceeds from our fundraisers (this concert, the Crystal Winter Gala, and Village Fair Days) the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce is able to keep membership dues affordable, offer a variety of free educational seminars and networking events, award scholarships to our local students, make donations to various organizations in our community, and host community events like the fireworks celebration and tree lighting ceremony.
Vendor Information & Fees
It takes a village to bring Village Fair Days together. This year our volunteers clocked in over 500 hours. It also takes money. On average, our expenses are around $40,000 to put on Village Fair Days. Some years cost a little bit more and some years cost a little bit less. Some of the more substantial costs include the tent rentals including the large entertainment, bingo, and dining tents; entertainment; port-a potties; electricians; police (overnight security); t-shirts for our volunteers; and yearly rental of our two storage facilities. There is no cost for fair-goers to attend so the only income we have is from vendor fees and t-shirt sponsors.
We invite vendors who participated the previous year back first. It is up to each vendor to decide if they wish to come back or not. Once we know how many spaces we have available, we go to our Waiting List. We operate on a first come/first served basis with our Waiting List, but because this is a Chamber event, Chamber members in good standing are given priority over non-Chamber members.
We have really tried to hold the line with booth fees over the years. Although our expenses go up every year, we have not raised the booth rates since 2013. Tented spaces include a 9 x 10 tent, table, 2 chairs, lighting and electric and fees range from $300 (Chamber members) to $400 (non-Chamber members). Non-tented spaces are a 10 x 10 space with electric and fees range from $250 (Chamber members) to $350 (non-Chamber members). Chamber members receive a $100 discount. Fees for food vendors are $625 for Chamber members and $800 for non-Chamber members. All vendors are welcome to become a Chamber member to receive the discount.
We give much thought and consideration to the fee structure and only increase them when we feel we absolutely must.
This year marked the 51st anniversary of Village Fair Days. We wish to extend our gratitude and appreciation to everyone who helped contribute to this community event.
Thank you to our Chair Jennifer Birdseye and Co-Chairs Laura Lewis and Scott Mulhare. Thank you to our volunteers who clocked in over 500 hours of community service – our Village Fair Days Committee, the Grid Iron Club, New Milford Wrestling Association, and Boy Scout Troop 58. Thank you to our vendors and their volunteers. Thank you to everyone who helped provide attractions on Bank Street – the downtown merchants for their specials and sidewalk sales; Paradice Classic Cruisers of New Milford’s car show; and Touch A Truck with New Milford Police Department, New Milford Ambulance Corps., All American Waste, and Water Witch Hose Company #2.
Thank you for the infrastructure support from Advanced Electric, All American Waste, Culligan Water, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Village Center for the Arts, GeronNursing & Respite Care, and YardApes. Thank you NMPD, Chief Boyne, New Milford Ambulance Corps., New Milford Parks & Recreation Department, New Milford Public Works, and Fire Marshal Brian Ohmen. Thank you for helping us promote the fair Paul Garlasco, Guendelsberger Law Office, New Milford Fitness & Aquatics, J&R Appliances, New Milford United Methodist Church, and Marandola Fuel. Thank you Mayor Bass, Town Council, Traffic Authority, New Milford Senior Center, Representative Buckbee, Phair Haldin, and The Children’s Center.
Thank you to our fitness demonstrators Phys-Ed Health Club and Hong’s Olympic Taekwondo Academy. Thank you to Judge Marty Landgrebe for hosting Town Hall tours. Thank you Danbury and New Milford Rotary for providing the Amber Alert Child Identification Program. Thank you to Bill Hunniford and American Pie for the Pie Eating Contest. Thank you to our local music talent – RecOn Campers, Bucks Rock Creative & Performing Arts Camp, TheatreWorks Kids, Ivan & Alex Antropov-Kalashnikov, The Blue Yodels, Jonathan Chapman, Heather & Tobias, The Drive-by Licks, and The Trevor Anthony Band. Thank you Kevin and Beth Koschel with Musikman DJ Entertainment.
Thank you to our t-shirt sponsors 19Main, Bakewell & Mulhare, Bank Street Theater, Bloom Yoga, Coldwell Banker, DAR, Dental Associates, FineLine Theatre Arts, Full Circle Promos, Massage by Dorothyann, New Milford Assembly of God, New Milford Counseling Center, New Milford River Trail, Petro, Regional YMCA, Sunny Valley Preserve, The Abbey Restaurant, Union Savings Bank, Village Center for the Arts, Webster Bank, and Wetmore’s.
As you can see, our fair is aptly named as it certainly does “take a village” to bring it all together. We thank everyone in our village.
Village Fair Days is a fundraiser for the Chamber. The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce (GNMCC) is a nonprofit organization under 501(c) (6) of the Internal Revenue Code and is incorporated under the laws of the State of Connecticut. The mission of the GNMCC is to encourage, promote and aid in the development of the commercial, industrial and general business interests of the community, and to promote the civic interests and general welfare of the greater New Milford area (New Milford and its trade area,) while embracing a non-political position on all issues.
The money we raise from the fair helps us offset costs associated with the community events that the Chamber runs each year as well as allows us to donate $5,000 in scholarships each year to local graduating seniors.
Thank you for your support and thank you for being part of our community and village.
Denise Del Mastro, Executive Director
Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce
Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce – Mission Statement
To develop, encourage, promote, and protect the commercial, industrial, professional and general business interests of the community; and to promote the civic interests and general welfare of the town of New Milford and its trade area.
What is the Chamber of Commerce?
The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce (GNMCC) is an organization that exists so area business people can network, share information and ideas, and collaborate on issues affecting the business community and general well being of our community. Through our monthly activities and events, area business people are afforded the opportunity to come together in both business and social settings. The Chamber also serves as the organizational mechanism in bringing together private business and resources to assist the locale, provides a portfolio of services to assist member companies in growing their respective businesses, and offers assistance to firms inquiring about the area.
However, business growth is not the sole purpose of the Chamber. The GNMCC is a catalyst for positive and progressive growth and continuous improvement in the lifestyles of the people in our hometowns. We are a marketer of the communities we serve by sponsoring events such as the annual New Milford Fireworks Celebration, Village Fair Days and the Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Our membership consists of business people from all facets of the community, including retailers, manufacturers, service organizations, and professionals.
You will quickly discover that the GNMCC is a dynamic organization of enthusiastic individuals who are committed to promoting local enterprises and maintaining the Chamber’s excellent reputation. Being a Chamber member underscores your company’s professionalism and integrity, and shows the public that you share the Chamber’s belief in the importance of fairness and trustworthiness in all business and community dealings.
No community – or business – ever stands still; you either proceed or recede. Other communities are active now – competing for trade territory, industries, new businesses, better highways, more housing, and everything else that will make them a better, more prosperous and more pleasant place in which to live.
Now is the perfect time to join and/or support the Chamber of Commerce….more industries….more residents….more tourists….more people shopping in our community….will mean more business for you and a stronger community for all of us.
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