Fairfield Chamber of Commerce


Car enthusiasts fill square

Linda Mullen and husband, Marvin, took home 1st place in Original Trucks 1950-1964, as well as Fire Chief's Choice Award in the 21st Annual Show of Wheels car show at Fairfield.
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Despite the threatening weather, the 21st Annual Show of Wheels was a huge success with live music, food trucks, and great looking rides! Show of Wheels participants also gained free entry into the Friday night Men’s Poker Run with awards being given to Best Poker Hand and Worst Poker Hand.

Taking the title of Best Poker Hand was Place 1 Councilman James Tyus, while winner of the Worst Poker Hand was Fairfield Library Director Gary Wiggins. The ladies enjoyed their own Poker Stroll Saturday morning with Shelli Geer winning Best Poker Hand and Shana Skeans winning Worst Poker Hand.


Something for everyone this wee

This weekend will be a busy one in Fairfield with six events planned throughout town. The biggest event is the 21st Annual Show of Wheels and city-wide garage sale. Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is hosting the car show along with the City of Fairfield from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, on the courthouse square. Look for a garage sale map on Page 3 in the Sept. 6 edition of the Recorder.

A Swap Meet and Poker Run are also planned to kick off the weekend. Registration for the Poker Run is open from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Bayless Napa Auto Parts at 357 W. Commerce in Fairfield. Cost is $10 per vehicle; car show participants are free.


ABC Daycare joins CoC

Celebrating their joining the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce are several children and (from left) Whitney Wills, Ashley Salvato, owner Kellie Croft, Asst. Director Darian Batey, Director Dacia Phillips, and Chamber Executive Director Brenda Pate.
Photo by April Walker

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a blessing from him.” – Psalms 127:3. This is the mission of a newly opened daycare in the area. Academy for Blessed Children (ABC) is currently enrolling students, whose goal is to provide an early childhood program with superior care for all children.

Owner Kellie Croft runs the center Director Dacia Phillips and Assistant Director Darian Batey.

“We just did it to instill a Christian background and teach them,” said Croft.


2 chosen for Market Days

After entering an executive session at approximately 7:30 p.m. at the mayor's office at 121 E. Commerce – and not emerging from that session until close to midnight – Fairfield city council members voted to hire both Amy Ralstin and partners David Butler and David Fairly as Market Day directors.

The monthly event will be held both at the fairgrounds and on the square. Fairly and Butler will host their event on the third weekend of each month, beginning in April. The duo hope to bring the flea market back to what it was in the 1990s, with cheaper rates and new vendors.

“We want food vendors, plants, resale, clothes, guns, knives,” said Fairly in an interview after the meeting.

Fairly said his market will be held Friday-Sunday at the fairgrounds.




Store Front decor winner announced

Creations Flowers & Gifts, 305 E. Commerce in Fairfield, took first place in the annual Store Front Decorating Contest held by the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. Second place went to Scott's Collision Center, 1380 U.S. 84 West in Fairfield, and Dapper Designs, 207 E. Commerce in Fairfield, took third. A total of nine businesses entered the contest. Pictured are Creations owner Gail Farish and Demar Hill.

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Weekend events on tap

Car enthusiasts and bargain hunters will take over the town Saturday, Sept. 9, for the 20th Annual Show of Wheels and city-wide garage sale. The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce reports 37 registered garage sales – and who knows how many didn’t register! The Show of Wheels kicks off at 8 a.m. with vintage cars, trucks, and tractors taking over the courthouse square. More than $1,000 in cash prizes, trophies, and plaques will be awarded at approximately 3 p.m. to

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Aztec sponsors Show of Wheels

Aztec Express Lube & Tire sponsored the trophies for the 20th Annual Show of Wheels slated for Saturday, Sept. 9, on the courthouse square. Trophies will be awarded to a variety of class winners. Pictured are (from left) Chamber Executive Administrator Brenda Pate; Amy Freeman, Navarro SBDC; Aztec Manager Jerry Dotson; Aztec owner Barbara Dotson; Gail Farish, Creations Flowers & Gifts; and Josh Bayless, NAPA Auto Parts.
Photo by Richard Nelson


Kirgan earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Joe Lee Kirgan IV (right) awarded his grandfather, Joe Lee Kirgan, Jr. (left), with the Lifetime Achievement Award at last week's Fairfield Chamber of Commerce banquet.

Photo by April Walker

It was an emotional night for one family when their patriarch was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his selfless contributions to this community. “He has impacted me more than he will ever take credit for and more than I can ever describe,” Joe Lee Kirgan IV said about his grandfather.

Joe Lee Kirgan, Jr. took home this prestigious award from last week's Chamber of Commerce Banquet for his work in journalism and various other roles in the community.

“He doesn't speak of his accomplishments or contributions, which goes to show how selfless and humble he is,” said Kirgan's grandson.

Kirgan, who owned and operated The Fairfield Recorder from 1960-1985, said he was totally shocked and humbled. “No way I expected it,” said Kirgan in a phone interview. “I am very proud and didn't feel like I deserved it.”


Decor winners named

The beautifully decorated home of Perry and Lindy Neill, 502 Private Road 1280, was awarded first place in the Chamber of Commerce's annual Residential Decorating Contest, netting them $500.

Photo courtesy of Chamber of Commerce

Perry and Lindy Neill, of Fairfield, took home the grand prize for their awesome Christmas decorations in the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce's annual Residential Decorating Contest. The Neill's won first place and $500 for their display. Taking second place in the contest was Jason Schick, while Dr. Joseph and Alicia Berger took third. Schick was awarded $300 and the Berger's $200. Creations Flowers & Gifts won first place in the Store Front Decorating Contest, while Brenda's Closet took second and Randall's Barber Shop took third.

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The Shops at Peridot join Chamber

Joining The Shops at Peridot in their ribbon cutting were (from left) Chamber Executive Administrator Brenda Pate; Mary Small, owner of Accessories, Etc.; Jessica Huffman, owner of Shop Hoff Stuff; Avery Grant, owner of Peridot; Jennifer DeCordova, owner of Tyed and True; Gail Farish, owner of Creations Flowers & Gifts; and Brenda Isaacs, Edwards Jones. Peeking over the back of the group is Lisa Schick, with the Chamber of Commerce.

The Shops at Peridot are now Fairfield Chamber of Commerce members, having celebrated their joining last week with a ribbon cutting. There are four boutiques inside The Shops including:

  • n Peridot – owned by Avery Grant
  • n Tyed and True – owned by Jennifer DeCordova
  • n Shop Hoff Stuff – owned by Jessica Huffman
  • n Southern Mojo – owned by Laurie Bonner

The Shops specialize in a little bit of everything from clothing and jewelry to home décor and gifts. Wedding and graduation registries are also offered. The Peridot salon is still open in the back with three stylists, Annette Gillam, Marilyn Farris, and Michelle Nettle. Both The Shops and the salon are open



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