Theme sought to promote West Jeff

The West Jefferson Business Council seeks a theme around which to rally as they plan events and programs to promote the village.

“We are looking for a theme that goes along with the future of the village, with the development that is happening here now—but also denotes the rural, caring-about-each-other lifestyle that the residents of our village have for each other,’’ said Joan Denes, chairman of the business council, an offshoot of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce.

Denes’ comments followed the council’s Sept. 8 meeting at Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library. Organizers asked the business owners, local government representatives and residents at the meeting to come up with ideas by the next meeting to be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 6 at the library.

In a review of recent events, the majority of business council members deemed the Madison County Car Classic a good first attempt at a large-scale event. The council held the car and motorcycle show in August in West Jefferson with co-sponsorship from the county Chamber of Commerce.

“We feel we did well for the first event like this that we’ve held. We learned from it and there are things we can discuss and change for a second car show event that may help participation,’’ Denes said, noting that intense heat deterred car show participants and spectators.

“We also learned that there were several other very large car shows in the area that weekend which affected show attendance,” Denes said.

On behalf of Ray Martin, the council member in charge of the weekly farmers market in West Jefferson, Denes updated the group on the market’s progress.

Located on the lawn of the old Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church on Main Street, the market got off to a slow start this summer, Denes said. However, supporters hope the market can continue through next month as local farmers and crafters continue to sell their products.

“Booth set-up costs are minimal and paid when the vendor sets up for the day,‘’ Denes said. The market opens at 8 a.m. on Saturday mornings.

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