Events are an important part of the work of the chamber and includes advertising and marketing as well as planning. A review of all the chamber events last year include :
- Medallion Hunt during Ole and Lena Days
- Love yer Lefsa shopping event during Ole and Lena Days
-Community Celebration during Ole and Lena Days
-Visit from the State of MN Unemployment Office officials to Granite Falls to answer your questions
- Worked to create a Dementia Friendly Community with the Act on Alzheimer’s program, dementia education luncheon on November 14.
-Riverside Market and Muse every month in the summer funded by a SMAC grant
-Sod House Theater Performances to Granite Falls, 3 performances in August, 2017
-Cowboy Crazy Daze in June
- Western Fest Kickoff and Kid’s Night during Western Fest
-Musical Chairs on Meander Friday Night during the Art Meander
-Santa and Horse drawn wagon rides during Small Business Saturday
One of our important tasks is to encourage shopping locally all year long. During the holiday shopping season we promote the " Elf on the Footbridge" theme to emphasize our unique river location and famous footbridge . Events in December include -
Elf Shopping Passes that get stamped with sales with a $500 drawing to encourage holiday shopping locally.
Elf visits to local businesses and organizations to spread the holiday cheer.
Elf on the Footbridge “elf hunting” in local shops with prizes and coupons for the last 2 weeks before Christmas.
" Shopping with the Elves" where kids can shop and wrap gifts for the families at reduced cost.
Partnering with the EDA and Granite Area Arts Council, the chamber director helped write the Riverside Voices public art grant with ongoing workshops and events involving the public and YME students. The first mural is already done and the project will continue with more artwork on the flood wall in the summer of 2018. The chamber director also up-dates the chamber and CVB websites, blogs on both websites, social media, writes a weekly column in the Advocate Tribune and is a part of organizations that connect the town and area . The chamber office at 807 Prentice St. was just designated an official Explore Minnesota Information Center which will appear in Explore Minnesota Tourism publications in print and online.