LIMA — On Thursday, Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce held the 37th annual Las Vegas-style Chamberfest, an event that allows community members to network and have fun, said Jed Metzger, president of the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce.
Every year the Chamberfest welcomes close to 700 Lima-area residents and close to 20 food vendors at Veterans Memorial Civic Center. This year there were vendors from Texas Roadhouse, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Cinnabon, Boots BBQ and more.
Boots BBQ is a barbecue restaurant located inside Chief Supermarket at 120 W. Northern Ave. in the Northland Plaza.
“Their chicken is the best-kept secret and it’s a business that just continues to grow,” said Metzger.
The barbecue chicken is seasoned over hickory wood and made in house daily, said Lisa Griffith, Boots BBQ manager.
“We would like to get our Boots BBQ on the map and get more people to try our food,” said Kyle Monfort, Chief store director. “We are a local restaurant that promotes community.”
The event also included live entertainment and several casino games to choose from by Ultrasound Special Events Inc., Delphos.
“This event is a good opportunity for people to have fun and have a relaxing evening,” said Metzger. “Also this is a good opportunity for newcomers who want to learn how to play the casino games.”
Unlike in the past, this year there was one large auction, a grand auction and two other silent auctions. This year’s prizes included Ohio State football tickets and a grill and other outdoor grilling accessories.
“We use to have three big auctions but people said that they would like more time to relax so we cut it down to just one big one,” said Metzger.
The event usually raises close to $2,000, which Metzger said helps small businesses in the Lima-area community.
“We typically get a lot of compliments on this event,” said Metzger. “The price is affordable so it’s a win-win for everyone. We just want everyone to have a great time.”
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