Thurston Economic Development Council Celebrates With Upcoming Second Annual Hootenanny Event

Jhe Thurston Economic Development Council the second annual Hootenanny will once again feature food, drink, music and fun! This year, Southbay Dickerson’s BBQ will be the caterer for the event and provide delicious southern home cooking to tie in with the theme, including vegan options for all to enjoy. Sofie’s Scoops, one of last year’s winners, will return this year to set up shop and offer delicious sweet ice cream treats to cool you off in the hot summer sun. Local bluegrass band train out of control will play soft tunes to create a free and light atmosphere during the event. And while we’re not saying last year’s event was all about beer garden… we’re proud to announce the return of Top Rung Brewery and White wood cider at this year’s event! With exciting new games and activities to keep the fun going all day long, like an old-school strongman, with a hammer and bell, and crazy, silly and fun Hippity Hop races with the dunk tank contestants of the world. ‘last year. This as an event you won’t want to miss!

The Hootenanny brings fun and joy as well as a chance to recognize our local business community. Thurston EDC Chairman-Elect Mark Steepy discusses gratitude for the resilience and economic courage of our local business owners. Photo credit: Shanna Paxton Photography

The idea for the Hootenanny was inspired by the local businesses in our community and their commitment to serving in difficult times. Thurston’s EDC not only wanted to recognize their tenacity, but also wanted to create a FUN event where people could let loose and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Last year, EDC Thurston developed and hosted a unique and fun event to bring people together to celebrate the success and resilience of small businesses in Thurston County and surrounding areas. Complete with cornhole, dunk tank and mechanical bull, last year’s event turned out to be a great success and brought much joy and fellowship after such difficult and unpredictable times.

As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, small businesses are beginning to recover and are experiencing stability and growth. The Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) is deeply committed to supporting businesses in our local community during these challenging times, and the efforts of EDC personnel have given many business owners the resources, tools and opportunity to overcome obstacles. . This year, the Thurston EDC is hosting the Second Annual Hootenanny provide FUN to the community and recognition to the businesses that make it great. This event costs $50 per person and will take place July 19 from 3-6 p.m. outside the Thurston EDC Center for Business and Innovation. Make sure you buy your ticket today!

At last year’s event, EDC Thurston presented the Economic Courage Awards to local business owners to commemorate them for their resilience during the pandemic. With uncertainty around every corner, many small businesses have struggled to find their footing and navigate the new landscape created by COVID-19 regulations and guidelines. They did everything they could to keep people safe and continue to provide their services to the community they loved, and Thurston EDC didn’t want that commitment and determination to go unnoticed. Last year’s winners included Taylor Shellfish Farms, Sofie’s Balls, TVW, Serendipity Children’s Center, morning sideand Olympia Symphony Orchestraall of which have shown exceptional resilience alongside many other nominated companies.

Dunk tank at Hootenanny in 2021.
The dunk tank was a huge hit at Hootenanny in 2021. Local city council members Yến Huỳnh from Olympia and Charlie Snyder from Tumwater certainly had a great time trying it out! Photo credit: Shanna Paxton Photography

This year, the Thurston EDC is once again presenting the Economic Courage Awards and has adapted them as we continue to emerge from the pandemic. For EDC, Economic Courage is defined as a leader, business, nonprofit, or other organization that exudes the courage to preserve and succeed in an ever-changing business climate. These companies have shown bravery and innovation in difficult times and have found ways to overcome difficulties so that they can continue to serve their communities. This demonstration of adaptability and creativity with unprecedented uncertainty speaks volumes about the resilience of our local business community and deserves recognition. You can see this year’s nominees on the Thurston EDC website.

To find out who the winners are, head to the Hoot!

lexis Alverson, TwinStar Business Services Manager at Hootenanny 2021
The Hootenanny wouldn’t be half of what it is without its amazing local sponsors! TwinStar Credit Union will be sponsoring the event for the second year in a row, along with many other wonderful local businesses and organizations. Pictured: Alexis Alverson, TwinStar Commercial Services Manager. Photo credit: Shanna Paxton Photography

Thurston EDC would like to extend a special thank you to the sponsors of this year’s event. Aegis Real Estate Services, Washington State Department of Commerce, Olympia Federal SavingsKPFF, Kidder Mathews, Cape Town City Act, Strader Hallett, Lacey South Sound Chamber, TwinStar Credit Union, morning side, TVW, Heritage Bank, Port of Olympia, South Puget Sound Community Collegeand Southern Sound Company all contributed to making this event possible. Their continued support and presence in the community is greatly appreciated!

With so much to celebrate and experience, the Hootenanny is the perfect place to unwind and support the local businesses that make our community so special. New surprises and activities will make this year’s event as exciting and joyful as last year, so be sure to get your tickets today so you can have fun!

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