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Ferris: Future memories are waiting to be made

Richmond Spring Grove Chamber is an impressive 210 members strong and has added a variety of new events to our calendar.

It moves my heart to see the number of volunteers and community groups that are joining our push to increase the presence of our quaint area that has so much to offer. Richmond and Spring Grove are rich in heritage and small-town amenities.

I invite you to discover the places in your own town. Have you ever wanted to stop at “this shop or that little diner” but never had the time? What a shame that you may be missing out on your favorite new place to go! Future memories are waiting to be made and perhaps it’s closer than you think.

Richmond and Spring Grove have so much to offer such as a corn maze, coffee and bake shops, museum, bars and lounges, dance studio, home décor stores, antiques, horseback riding, hiking, biking, golfing and fishing. The list continues on our website,

I encourage you to take an adventure in your own back yard.

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On Oct. 20 our chamber will be the host of Richmond Fall Fest and Wine Walk. There is a whole day of activities planned. In addition to pumpkin painting, hay wagon rides, and carnival games, the shop owners are having a scarecrow contest. The Wine Walk is from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $35, which includes a bonus bottle of wine, glass and appetizer at each of the 10 locations. Each location will have three different wines to taste. A street dance and beer tent to complete the day. Visit our website or call the chamber to reserve your tickets, 815-678-7742.

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Spring Grove will be having a “Dude’s Day” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 27. This is an afternoon of brews, bourbon, bikes, cigars, and classic cars. Auto Gallery on Route 12 is the location for all this fun, and don’t think we forgot the ladies! There are 21 “little shops” in the museum for your shopping pleasure and a great opportunity for you guys to get your lady a gift for the holidays, or just because. There will be live music and pig roast dinner. Mark you calendar and tell all your friends!

• Laura Ferris is executive director of the Richmond/Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at 815-678-7742, or email Visit


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