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Chamber announces Holiday Classic plans
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The Effingham Chamber of Commerce has announced plans for this year’s 18th Annual Chamber Holiday Classic and Business Expo. The event will be held Nov. 18 from noon-4 p.m. at Effingham County High School.

 “This is one event that the community really looks forward to each year,” said Chamber President Talbert Edenfield. “I can almost taste the delicious Thanksgiving dinner the 4-H cooks up already.”

The Chamber said that there will be only one entrance for the public as it was last year. The back door by the cafeteria will be locked so everyone will come down the hallway to see the beautiful wreaths in the auction, and to see the first of the booths. Chamber officials ask the public to enter the gym door on the northeast corner of the building so they won’t miss anything.

The annual event will feature entertainment on stage at Effingham County High School, the 4-H meal, pictures with Santa, and a variety of business and arts and crafts booths. There will be an auction to purchase holiday wreaths made by area schools with the proceeds going to the Empty Stocking Fund. The Thanksgiving meal again costs only $8, and the community is encouraged to get their order in early. Call the 4-H at 754-8040 or the Chamber at 754-3301 to place an order.

Chamber Director Rick Lott said space is on a first-come, first-served basis and the Chamber is already getting calls for prime space.

“If you’re thinking about having a booth this year, I would say do not put it off,” he said. “I have a feeling space is going to go fast this year.”