Come To Chamberfest 2016 Saturday!

A family spins the wheel for discounts at CB FOX, outside the store at Chamberfest 2014. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Chamber News:

The community is invited to come downtown to enjoy music, dance, shop, dig in a giant sand pile, look at 4×4 vehicles, and explore other family-friendly entertainment 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11.

ChamberFest is expected to draw more than 2,000 residents to the downtown area. Businesses and nonprofits utilize this opportunity to provide giveaways and games for attendees.

ChamberFest runs between 15th and 20th streets along Central Avenue, and along Main Street, as well as in Central Park Square Park and the Chamber of Commerce parking lot.

There will be road blocks on Central at 15th and 20th streets, so plan to arrive at nearby parking lots by using Trinity Drive, Rose Street and Nectar Street to get to the lots on 15th, 20th, and Deacon streets.

Chamberfest is the annual Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce event featuring Chamber Members. At this event, businesses and nonprofits alike showcase their products and services for the public. There are more than 325 Los Alamos businesses and nonprofits that are Chamber Members.

“Los Alamos small businesses are vital to the quality of life in our Community,” County Council Chair Rick Reiss said. “Chamberfest is an excellent opportunity to put the business resources of our Community in the spot light. Chamberfest is an opportunity for the Community to recognize and learn about the wonderful businesses in Los Alamos.”

This year ChamberFest is marking its 20th anniversary. ChamberFest was started by former Chamber Executive Director Suzie Havemann in 1996 before the Chamber was operated by Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. The first few years of the event it was called “Summerfest.”

“The idea was to get the people of Los Alamos into Thunderbird Shoes, Tiano Sports, Brownell’s Hallmark, Don Taylor’s, CB FOX,” Havemann said. “To bring people down here with fun events that focused on kids.”

This year Chamberfest booths will be concentrated in and around Central Park Square, MainStreet and Central Avenue between 15th and 20th streets. Entertainment will include Eddy and the Nomads, a 4×4 car show, dog pool area, and kids’ activity area with the LANB sand pile and a special event in the middle of Central Avenue sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union – the Showdown at High Noon.

ChamberFest is a family-oriented activity that serves several purposes:

  • To provide families with fun and entertainment while familiarizing them with Chamber Members.
  • To bring people into the downtown for positive community-oriented experiences. The event acquaints potential customers with businesses and nonprofits they might not normally visit.
  • To contribute to the overall feeling of well-being in the community.

“Citizens can have fun and, at the same time, celebrate the positive impact local businesses have on our vibrant community,” Reese said.

There is an outdoor picnic on Friday, June 10th that recognizes chamber members on the north side of Ashley Pond before the Gordon’s Summer Concert.

This low-key recognition is for members to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Chamber members can register for the free picnic using their login and password on the Chamber website.