Planning is now getting underway for the annual summer celebration in Bashaw.
Razzle Dazzle Days — the Bashaw and District Chamber of Commerce’s big event — has been scheduled for June 9. That day was selected by the membership during its monthly meeting April 11.
“The day has been set and the planning has begun, which includes looking at speaking to various groups about the events they hold and gathering information to put the parade together,” explained chamber president Dustin Hemingson.
“There are some people in place lining things up for the day. The hope is the day will come together quickly.”
He noted that, aside from the parade, Razzle Dazzle Days will include the usual pancake breakfast put on by the Bashaw Fire Department, the barbecue lunch hosted at Bashaw Meats, some activities for children downtown and some other events yet to be confirmed.
The other main topic of conversation around the table was about business licences and the benefits it could provide overall.
Bashaw does not have a bylaw in place that requires businesses to obtain a licence to operate within the town, with the exception of a permit that regulates mobile and other temporary business operations.
Hemingson explained the chamber has been in discussions with town administration about the possibility of having a business licence created that could assist both the town and the chamber.
“We’ve talked about possibly incorporating a business licence in conjunction with membership in the chamber,” he said.
“That kind of help for the chamber is something that is being looked at and a licence may also help mitigate other potential issues.”
Although tying together a membership and licensing fee could provide the chamber with a stable member base as well as an improved financial status, Hemingson wasn’t sure that would be the way to go.
It would be possible, it would simply take an agreement to be set up between the two entities with the chamber getting an annual payment from the town.
Other benefits of a business licence would include the ability to promote what businesses operate in Bashaw as well as provide law enforcement with information that could assist them in a number of ways.