Berryville chamber cancels Ice Cream Social

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Greater Berryville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted last week to cancel the 35th Annual Ice Cream Social festival scheduled to be held on the historic downtown Berryville Public Square June 12-13.

The board plans to reschedule the event at a date to be determined later this summer.

“We did not take this action lightly. But we believe this is the right move during the COVID-19 pandemic right now,” said Steve Johnson, executive director of the Berryville Chamber. “The health and safety of area residents, local families, vendors, and our Chamber board volunteers and staff comes first.”

Tyler Squires, president of the Berryville Chamber Board of Directors, recently addressed chamber members about these changes.

“Like many of our members, we have been closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We are taking the necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of our chamber members, board members, and staff while continuing to provide resources to our members and support our community,” Squires said. “We have canceled all in-person meetings, including our monthly board of director meetings, First Friday coffees, and ribbon cuttings. We have also made the difficult decision to postpone the 35th Annual Ice Cream Social and Craft Fair. We will provide updated information about all our events once it is available.

“While much of our work with the chamber revolves around getting people together, we believe we still have an important role to play for our members and our community,” Squires said. “There has been a significant volume of information released by various federal and state agencies about the support available for businesses in Arkansas. Additional information, changes, and updates seem to be released daily. We will continue to keep our members and the community informed about these updates and available resources as we become aware of them by including this information in our weekly newsletter, The Berryville Chamber Connection. We are also working to establish a webpage to share COVID-19 related resources applicable to Berryville on our homepage:

 “We encourage everyone to follow the guidance from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention and the Arkansas Department of Health. We have a responsibility to take the necessary steps to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” Squires said.

Squires said better days will return to Berryville soon.

“Both the chamber and our members may face difficult decisions in the coming months, but we can make it through this crisis together. We should strive to be defined, not by the divisiveness and fear that come so easily in times like these, but by the strength of our families, our businesses and our community,” he said.

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