61st Annual Berthoud Day

May 12th, 2015 by Deanne Mulvihill

Berthoud Day 2014a Crowd (3)

Traditions are very important. They help us remember where we've been and how things have changed. From what I've been told since I didn't live in Berthoud 61 years ago, they used to be able to wrestle pigs in the mud. OK, that is one tradition I'm not even interested in bringing back.

We have kept several traditions and one is the old fashioned Base Ball game. That is where they play with no mitts and use a larger ball. That will be at 1 p.m. at the Ivy Stockwell school grounds. It's free to come and watch. They even provide bales of hay for your "stadium seating."

The day begins with the boy scout fundraiser pancake breakfast from 6:30 - 11 a.m. at the Depot in Railroad Park. It is all you can eat at $7 for adults and $4 for kids 12 and under.

Berthoud Habitat for Humanity will have their 5K run that begins at Fickel Park at 8 am. You will need to sign up in advance at www.BerthudHabitat.org/Race.
There is also a free 1K for the kids.

Our well-known Berthoud Day parade begins at 11 a.m. If you are interested, we ask that you fill out a registration form which can be found on our website at www.BerthoudColorado.com; News & Events; Berthoud Day. It starts on 2nd Street and goes west down Mountain Ave. to 8th Street and turns north. This is definitely one of those traditions I mentioned earlier. It's a great parade.

At Town Park the rest of the festivities begin after the parade. We have lots of vendors for kids through adults. (We still have room for more vendors.) The Berthoud Community Fire District will be having free drawings for a boy's BMX bike and a girl's bike. They will also have a "helmet blitz" where they are giving away bike helmets.

Our bands this year are as follows:
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 101st Army Dixieland Band
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. local talent on our Community Stage
2:30 - 3:45 p.m. Woody Procell & the Snowy River Band (Country)
3:45 - 4:15 p.m. local talent on our Community Stage
4:15 - 5:30 Woody Process & the Snowy Rive Band
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Berthoud's Got Talent on the Community Stage
6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Steve Thomas Band (80s Cover Band)

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to give us a call at the chamber office 970-532-4200. We hope to see you there.

Free Admission.

Chamber Membership Benefits

March 6th, 2015 by Deanne Mulvihill

Membership in the Berthoud Area Chamber of Commerce offers numerous benefits. At only $195/year we are an affordable Chamber.

Here are the top 10 reasons why you should join:
1) Membership brings credibility to your business.
2) Increases your visibility in the community.
3) Creates networking opportunities.
4) Gain a voice in government.
5) Make business contacts.
6) Receive chamber newsletters.
7) Acquire customer referrals.
8) Chamber events and programs.
9) Promotion and publicity.
10) Access to members-only discounts and services.

*Research points out that consumers are more likely to do business with a company if it’s a member of their local chamber of commerce.

*People like to do business with companies they know, like and trust, but that trust must be earned. You can shorten this time to establish your image and reputation in the community by joining the chamber.

Keep in mind, however, that you can’t just be a member of our chamber to reap the benefits of chamber membership. Paying your annual dues just isn’t enough. You must also make an investment of time and effort in our chamber activities and become involved. Simply put, what you get out of the chamber membership, is directly relative to what you put in.

Download our membership form from our website or contact us for an appointment. We welcome the opportunity to visit with you.

Chamber Office

The Year in Review

November 28th, 2014 by Deanne Mulvihill

Another year is almost gone. We are gearing up for our Membership Celebration and Installation Dinner on January 10, 2015 at Brookside Gardens. Be sure to Save the Date! Our theme is "The Stars Align." Get your Hollywood on!  We are looking for sponsors, if you are interested, please contact the Chamber office.  We have something for everyone.  Maybe you'd like to donate a gift basket...we have themed ones to help you put one together with our Hollywood theme.

Soon the Chamber will be putting out an Annual Report to let you know how we've been doing this past year. Our numbers are up in every area. We look forward to sharing them with you.

Thank you to everyone that has volunteered in one way or another. Our Ambassadors have really stepped it up this year in volunteer hours. Our Board of Directors has been strong and leads this Chamber with confidence and vision. Rita McCloud, our new Office Manager, has added so much to the Chamber since her arrival. Our members have shown up to our events in great numbers. I cannot thank you all enough for your dedication and support.

We have a lot more in store for you in 2015...so if you haven't joined us yet, we'd ask that you consider it. If you are a current member, we look forward to your renewal.  We enjoy partnering with you to grow your businesses.

To an even stronger and better 2015!

Deanne Mulvihill
Executive Director
Berthoud Area Chamber of Commerce

Oktoberfest and Personal Heritage

September 11th, 2014 by Deanne Mulvihill

Unless you are a native American, you came from some place other than the United States.  Well, maybe not you personally, but your family ancestors did.  My heritage is German-Russian.  My great grandparents lived in Germany.  They left and moved to the Volga region in Russia when Catherine the Great made promises to them.  She wanted Germans to farm the Russian region that was similar to the German region.  She promised that the young men would not have to be in the military (as it was at that time).  She did not keep her promise and my "family" moved to the United States and settled in Kansas.

Oktoberfest and Personal Heritage

Unfortunately, I was not taught to speak German.  My grandparents knew the language and my parents knew a little.  I feel that a little of my heritage was lost when they didn't share this language with us.  But, at that time, they were criticized for speaking German and my great grandparents wanted to be citizens of the United States, so they learned English and stopped speaking German (except sometimes at home).  I was fortunate enough to know my great grandparents and have fond memories of them.

I am excited about the 4th Annual Berthoud authentic Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 4 from 11 am - 6 pm.  It is a chance for me to hear the German music I heard as a child, dance the polka's I also loved to do when I was young (dancing with my sisters) and eat the German food I so enjoy.  Even if you didn't grow up with German heritage, you can come and enjoy this festival.

Come to Fickel Park on Saturday, October 4 anytime between 11 am - 6 pm.  It's free admission.  We'll provide the entertainment and the music.  There will be food, beer and vendor items for purchase.  The Chalet Dancers will perform as well as Breathless in Berthoud Dance Troupe.  We will also have a children's pretzel eating contest.  If you own Lederhosen or a Dirndl, we have a prize for the best outfit.

Bring the whole family, neighbors and friends and join us for this wonderful celebration.  If you have any questions, please call us at 970-532-4200 or email us at bcc@berthoudcolorado.com.  You can check out our website at www.berthoudoktoberfest.com.

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Authentic Oktoberfest - Berthoud, Colorado

July 8th, 2014 by Deanne Mulvihill
Chalet Dancers

Berthoud Area Chamber of Commerce Authentic Oktoberfest

In honor of our upcoming Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 4, I thought I’d find out a little history behind it. Below is the information from Wikipedia.
Oktoberfest is the world's largest funfair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is a 16-day festival running from late September to the first weekend in October with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. To the locals, it is often simply called Wiesn, after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds (Theresienwiese) themselves. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event.
The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place during the sixteen days up to, and including, the first Sunday in October. In 1994, the schedule was modified in response to German reunification so that if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or 2nd, then the festival would go on until October 3 (German Unity Day). Thus, the festival is now 17 days when the first Sunday is October 2 and 18 days when it is October 1. In 2010, the festival lasted until the first Monday in October, to mark the anniversary of the event. The festival is held in an area named the Theresienwiese (field, or meadow, of Therese), often called Wiesn for short, located near Munich's center. Large quantities of Oktoberfest Beer are consumed, with almost 7 million litres served during the 16 day festival in 2007. Visitors may also enjoy a mixture of attractions, such as amusement rides, sidestalls and games, as well as a wide variety of traditional food such as Hendl (roast chicken), Schweinebraten (roast pork), Schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Würstl (sausages) along with Brezen (pretzel), Knödel (potato or bread dumplings), Käsespätzle (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Sauerkraut or Rotkohl/Blaukraut (red cabbage) along with such Bavarian delicacies as Obatzda (a spiced cheese-butter spread) and Weisswurst (a white sausage).
If you would like to be a sponsor, vendor or volunteer, please contact the BACC office at 970-532-4200 or email us.



Fore! 2nd Annual Berthoud Area Golf Tournament - Windsor, Colorado

July 1st, 2014 by Deanne Mulvihill
Golf Single

2nd Annual Berthoud Area Golf Tournament

The sky is blue with clouds floating by. The grass is so green and lush. It is a day where we get to play but it’s “play with a purpose”. I’m referring to the 2nd Annual Berthoud Golf Tournament on Friday, August 15 at Highland Meadows Golf Course in Windsor, Colorado.

Although I can’t forecast the weather just yet, I’m envisioning great weather. I’m putting it out to the Universe. Put together a team and join the Berthoud Area Chamber of Commerce in raising funds for scholarships for the Berthoud High School seniors.

Sign-in is at 11:30 am, Lunch is at noon and a shotgun tee-off time is at 1:00 pm. It is a best ball scramble so it’s fun for everyone to play. We have cash prizes for the top three teams and lots of other fun prizes for different events. Do you like to win at the longest drive? Longest putt? Hole in One? You can buy string and Mulligan’s. Anything to help you get a better score.

We are also looking for hole sponsors, driving range sponsors and volunteers. “Drive” yourself to our website at www.berthoudcolorado.com to download the forms. If you prefer, you can call us at 970-532-4200 or email us.