Although spring may have skipped us because of the strange weather and the excessive rain, we seem to be right in the middle of summer now. The weather has warmed up to usual summer temperatures, so we can get on with our normal Midwest summer (whatever normal is in the Midwest).
Being in midsummer means it’s a great time to stop by the DeKalb Farmers Market as the produce is beginning to flourish, although it’s a little behind a normal year. The DeKalb Farmers Market continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays through the end of September in Van Buer Plaza in downtown DeKalb. The market offers great lunch options and the Live Lunch Series presented by the Egyptian Theatre from noon to 1:30 p.m. We’ll even have a special event working with Northern Illinois University Athletics on July 25, so stop by the market that day around 11:30 a.m.
With summer comes golf outing season and the DeKalb Chamber will be teeing off Friday at River Heights Golf Course. Space still is available to bring your group out to play in the outing, which includes lunch, dinner and a great time on the course.
As in years past, the DeKalb Chamber is participating in Kishwaukee Fest by hosting the seventh annual Family Fun Fest. The Family Fun Fest has about 40 local businesses participating that will have entertaining and interactive activities for kids of all ages, touch-a-truck, skateboard and other demonstrations, giveaways, prizes and food. The event is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. July 23 at Hopkins Park behind the Dee Palmer Band Shell. Admission is free with food available for sale. Bring your family, your friends and your interest in having fun.
As the summer does lead us into the school year, we are sure to welcome the new teachers to the school district with the New Teachers Welcome Event and State of the School District Event on Aug. 9, in the DeKalb High School cafeteria, 501 W. Dresser Road. This is a great chance to meet and get to know the new teachers as we welcome them to our community with a great lunch provided by Hy-Vee, provide them welcome bags from area businesses and hear from Superintendent Jamie Craven about what is happening in District 428. Check out our website to register as all proceeds from the event go directly to scholarships for local students attending local colleges, university or trade schools, keeping the money local.
Be sure to mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on the fun still ahead this summer. As always, visit www.dekalb.org for a list of events and follow the DeKalb Chamber on Facebook and Instagram to stay connected.
• Matt Duffy is executive director of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.