Chamber Chat: A big week for Rifle |

Chamber Chat: A big week for Rifle

Kasey Nispel
Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce

Greetings from your new interim president/CEO of the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce.

As we dry our tears from saying goodbye to Andrea Maddalone, we also are looking forward to an amazing Garfield County Fair and Rodeo week starting Aug. 1 through Aug. 7. This is a great opportunity to celebrate our community with events and activities for the entire family.

As your chamber, we will be hosting the Garfield County Fair parade on Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. The theme of the parade is “Back to Our Roots” and we are accepting parade entry registrations through Aug. 3. This a great, inexpensive way to get exposure to hundreds of people for you, your business or organization. Parade entries are $25.

Starting at 9 a.m. the morning of the parade at the chamber office on 11th Street and Railroad Avenue, we will have multiple vendor booths set up ready to serve you. If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact us — space is limited.

This year we will also be featuring an additional parade announcer booth at the chamber office for parade goers, in addition to the announcer at Heinze Park. Please come and watch the parade with us.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

On a housekeeping note, we have been getting a lot of inquiries on road closures for the parade so I wanted to address those here. Road closures from 9:50 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m. are as follows:

Railroad Avenue from Third Street to 16th Street.

All Railroad Avenue through streets.

Whiteriver Avenue will not be closed, however, it is the back route for all parade floats returning from Railroad Avenue.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience these closures cause.

We are working closely with the city of Rifle and the Rifle Police Department to get the word out and make this closure as brief and safe as possible.

We hope you enjoy an amazing Garfield County Fair and Rodeo week in Rifle and you are able to take advantage of the great opportunities being provided to engage in and celebrate your community.

We encourage you to continue to shop local and support your local businesses by purchasing all of your needed items within Garfield County.

See you there!

Kasey Nispel is the interim president and CEO of the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce. To contact the chamber, call 970-625-2085 or visit


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