October 31, 2014
The Sky Valley Chamber had a great year and 2015 is looking even better for our area. We have a lot to be grateful for! The economy is picking up according to our 171 members. We didn’t suffer any floods, landslides, wildfires or bridge collapses like some of our neighbors. The weather was the most beautiful I’ve ever experienced in the 28 years I’ve lived here. And the numbers of walk in visitors at the Center proved it! We outpaced much bigger visitor centers including Edmonds!
We sold $13,838.30 in Hunting, Fishing and Parking Passes to recreational guests so far this year. That represents over 400 customers. All of these customers had access to member and special event information.
The Event Guide Magazine was a big success! It was placed at businesses and VIC’s all around the Puget Sound and the Cascade Loop.
Tourism, especially outdoor recreation and special events are really showing signs of growth. The partnerships all around Snohomish County and the Cascade Loop have gotten stronger which really helps promote our assets.
Just a few of the assets we’re working to promote and/or build out:
- Wallace Falls is one of the top most popular State Parks in Washington.
- The Index Wall—People come from all over the world to climb here.
- Heybrook Ridge County Park—Major improvements are coming with the new trailhead.
- Osprey & Reece Park—Trail system maps
- New Equestrian Trailhead near Reiter in Gold Bar
- Steelhead County Park—a new campground that’s scheduled to be built in Sultan.
- New trails at the Reiter Foothills Off Road Area.
- Sultan Sportsmen’s Shooting Sports Park.
Sky Valley Farm Festival
Farms located along Fern Bluff Road off US Hwy 2 between Sultan and Monroe
Park once and wagons wil shuttle you from farm to farm.
$5 requested donation per family. (Donation bins on wagons.)
The River’s End Cattle Ranch, 26603 275th Ave SE
Enjoy a guided wagon tour, rope swinging in the hayloft, roping lessons, educationa; displays, and the veru personable Miss. Pig Pig courtesy of R Heritage Farm.
Groenevelds Dairy Far, 29524 Fern Bluff Road
A third-generation dariry farm featuring guided tours, info booths, and fun activities for our younger visitors. The milking starts at 4 p.m.
Stockings Garden and Nursery, 29900 Fern Bluff Road
Find the perfect pumpkin, stroll through the corn maze (fee), shop for fresh veggies and enjoy cooking demonstrations from celebrated chefs Gordon McDonald and Mimi Stockmann, who will teach you how to transform fresh produce into a fabulous feast.
The Sky Valley Farm Festival invites everybody to “Got Your Mud On” while spending the day enjoying the sights, smells, and sounds of the ranch!
Sultan Hosts FREE Business Workshop for Growing Your Business
In partnership with the Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce, the City of Sultan and GROW Washington, Sultan Mayor, Carolyn Eslick will host a FREE Business Workshop on the Four Secrets to Growing Your Business. Guest speaker and owner of Marketing Solutions, Andrew Ballard will show you:
- How to target the most responsive and profitable market niche
- How to communicate the most compelling and relevant message
- How to select the most cost effective online and traditional media
- How to determine the best moment and scheduling of promotion
Andrew Ballard is a respected author, educator and growth strategist. Through his company, Marketing Solutions, he has helped hundreds of public, private and nonprofit organizations, from startups through Fortune 500 Companies.
“I’m very excited that Andrew is teaching this FREE Workshop, he’s a personal friend of mine and very knowledgeable in his field”, commented Mayor Eslick.
The workshop will be held in the City Council Chambers, 319 Main Street from 11:30 am to 1 p.m. on Friday, September 12, 2014. Light snacks will be provided.
Seating is limited so please call the Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce to reserve your seat at 360-793-0983 or email email@example.com
The Sky Valley Parade Float
a Labor of Love
The Sky Valley Parade Float has been a labor of love. The whole thing began after Shindig 2013 when Stephanie MacDonald and Ken Walker wondered why we didn’t have a community float. The Gold Dust Days Royalty represent the community all around the Northwest and could use something better than a pick up so we decided that Stephanie & Ken were right. Some very colorful discussions followed with a very diverse group of folks. In the end we decided on a simply design that highlights outdoor recreation and the natural beauty of the area with seats on either side for our royalty to ride on.
We are grateful to Pat & Pat Toman, Dick King, Jay Prueher, Al White, Joe Beavers, Ken Walker, Stephanie MacDonald for designing and building the float. Steve Boek for manufacturing the banners, Al Wirta for creating the metal frame work, Patty & Katelyn Baller for their royalty expertise and for driving the float in parades, the City of Sultan for storage.
Thanks for financial support from: Monroe Parts House/NAPA, Sultan Veterinary Clinic, Joe Beavers, Pat & Pat Toman, Jay Prueher, Dorothy Croshaw, GlenRose Williams and the Sky Valley Chamber. Ray Coleman took the following photo’s showing the process and the finished product complete with royalty!
Sky Valley Community Awards Celebration
The 16th Annual Sky Valley Community Awards Celebration was held on February 15th at Sultan High School.
Once a year all the civic groups get together to celebrate the people in their organizations who have made a big difference to them and to the community. The Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce sponsors this inspirational event every year with the help of volunteers from each group.
Check out the video of this year’s event!