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Essential workers to be celebrated in chamber’s daylong ‘Heroes’ event

“Celebrating Our Heroes,” a day of food, music and salutes to essential workers is being planned for Sept. 4 at World Wide Technology Race Track in Madison.

The Chamber of Commerce Southwestern Madison County has been planning the event for months, fondly referring to it as the Rockin’ Blues Brews BBQ.

“There will be something for everyone to enjoy as we recognize and thank those who were deemed essential, who continued their responsibility to their positions, while realizing the potential danger to themselves and to their families,” said a release issued by the Chamber this week. “These dedicated people kept us safe and healthy, they kept our store shelves stocked and our homes well furnished.”

The honorees will be grouped into eight professions, and every hour on the hour, one of the groups will be recognized and thanked, starting immediately after the opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. The Granite High School Band will kick off the opening ceremony and London Kimble will be providing the National Anthem. The groups are as follows:

1.      Health-care workers/doctors nurses/ pharmacist/chiropractors

2.      Manufacturers/processors /construction

3.      Educators – teachers/parents/librarians/not-for-profits

4.      Retail/grocery/restaurant/service workers/real estate

5.      Transportation bus and truck drivers/trains/barges

6.      Utility/sanitation/city, county and postal workers

7.      Bankers/insurance/financial advisors

8.      Police and firefighters from each of the chamber’s five communities, and members of the military

In between the recognition and throughout the day there will be activities, music, crafts, foods, and brews.

Events include The Kansas City Sanctioned BBQ Competition, Master Series Cook-off; a Hot Air Balloon Festival; a 5-K Run/Walk to benefit United Way of Greater St. Louis; and an Exotic Car Show “with the most exotic and expensive cars in the country.”

There will also be go carts to drive, craft beers from Urban Chestnut and Millpond breweries, food trucks and the GCHS Band Parents’ BBQ.

Music will be featured all day, with the Fabulous Motown Revue,  country music to be announced, and Billy Peek with the Blues.

There will also be demonstrations with cars,  trucks and military equipment and craft and small-business booths.

Updates will be announced on the dedicated website, www.rockin’bluesbrewsbbq.com   and on the Chamber’s Facebook page, including information as to barbecue, crafts, and small-business booths. There is no charge for these booths.

There will be a $10 parking charge after 9:30 am.

The public is invited “as part of the community, whether as one of the honorees, as a worker bee, as a volunteer, as vendor, or as a resident wishing to thank those hundreds of people who work through the pandemic, facing odds that no one should have to face, and earning them the title of ‘Our Hero,” the chamber said.

For more information call Rosemarie at (618) 876-6400 or (618) 593-4501.

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