See the town square come to life! The Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 24 at Central Park in Fairfield. To kick off the illumination and subsequently the holiday season, the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce organizes this festive tradition with the lights being turned on at 6:00pm.
The Fairfield High School Choir will set the mood by singing Holiday music at 5:30pm. The Chamber Christmas Committee chooses one citizen, whom best exemplifies the holiday spirit, and presents them with the opportunity to throw the switch on the lights and for the season. This citizen will be announced at 5:55pm so the lights can be turned on at 6:00pm sharp. After arriving to town as the lights come on, Santa can be found in the Kandy Kane house listening to the children share their hopes for the holiday season. There will also be horse drawn wagon rides around the square for the kids. An evening not to be missed!
If you would like more information about this event or have any questions, please contact the Chamber at 641-472-2111 or email Events@FairfieldIowa.com.
Each year the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce conducts the annual Trees of Lights Holiday Fundraiser to support Fairfield's Holiday Lights, the Holiday Lighting Dedication and Horse Drawn Carriage Rides. We invite you to help keep this tradition alive.
In 2010, American Express launched an initiative called "Small Business Saturday," and it has only continued to grow in scope. Small Business Saturday falls on the Saturday following Thanksgiving (and just one day after Black Friday). The initiative is designed to encourage shoppers to buy local, and support hometown businesses.
This year, we encourage you to join us in shopping locally on Saturday, November 25th!
See our Shopping & Dining map for inspiration.
Do you have questions? Do you want suggestions for where to find a specific item here in town? Get in touch with us! Reach us at the Chamber at 641.472.2111 or email@example.com.
The Restaurant & Retail Managers Working Group and your Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce wants to help attract customers into local businesses during three Friday nights!
You will find candlelight on the square (and beyond) on the following evenings, and businesses extending their shopping hours:
He's making a list, and checking it twice! Santa will be in the Kandy Kane house in Central Park several times during the month of December. Stop in to visit him with your family anytime from 5:30-7:30 pm. Don't miss out of this timeless family tradition!
Visit Santa any time from 5:30-7:30 pm on the following evenings:
Friday, December 1
Thursday, December 14
Friday, December 15
Saturday, December 16
Wednesday, December 20
Thursday, December 21
Friday, December 22
What: Open to ALL retail & restaurant managers in the community
When: Monday, January 29th, 8:00-9:00 am
Where: Chamber Office
This is our first meeting for 2018 so be sure to join in and share your ideas!
At this meeting we'll discuss Small Business Week, review holiday shopping trends, and more!
We'll also have an update about credit card processing and desired assistance for 2018.
This Working Group is open to ALL restaurant and retail managers in the
community. To help us plan for accommodations, please RSVP at 472-2111 or chamber@FairfieldIowa.com.
Program & Operations Assistant
The Fairfield Area Chamber is now accepting applications for a part-time Assistant to join our team, with training beginning in December. Hours will vary but will average 20 hours per week, depending on the selected candidate's availability.
This position will help fill critical gaps and have an opportunity to work on a variety of tasks within the office and greater community. The successful candidate will have strong computer skills, enjoy working with people, and love the community of Fairfield.
Position open until filled. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume via email to Detra@FairfieldIowa.com.
Gear up for Fall Harvest with the November Business After Hours! Overland will be hosting a Business After Hours on Thursday, November 16th from 5:00-7:00pm. Light refreshments of wine and cheese will be provided. A door prize will be drawn at 6:30 for gift cards and merchandise. Overland is located at 2096 Nutmeg Avenue on the east side of Fairfield.
Overland specializes in the finest quality sheepskin and leather goods, offering an extensive selection of outerwear, accessories and home products. Since opening almost 30 years ago in Taos, NM, Overland has continued to expand its selection and grow as a family business. Whether you are looking to buy a classic shearling coat, a stylish leather jacket or a luxurious fur coat, you'll find it at Overland.
The Chamber Business After Hours is a free, monthly networking event open to Chamber Members, their guests and the general public. If you are interested in hosting a Business After Hours, please contact the Chamber at 641-472-2111 or by email at Events@FairfieldIowa.com.
The Fairfield Area Chamber Board of Directors is pleased to announce Darien Sloat will be the new CEO for the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Darien’s first day will be November 27.
Darien is no stranger to the Chamber family having served nearly six years on the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Darien served as President-Elect last year and as President this year until he took a leave of absence during the Executive Director/CEO selection process.
“As we looked at communities in which to raise our family, Roberta and I chose Fairfield because of the balance we saw between education, fine arts, and athletics," says Darien. "We have not been disappointed in our choice. We have a rare gem of a community and I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead this program, a program that has gained so much momentum in recent years, due in large part to the staff and dedicated members of the Chamber Board. I am proud to call Fairfield home and excited to help make it better.”
Darien is currently the Fairfield Branch Manager at Temp Associates, a family owned business based in Muscatine, Iowa in 1986 who has had a presence in Fairfield since March 2007. Holding a B.G.S. from the University of Iowa, Darien’s previous positions include Director of Human Resources, Administrator of two care facilities, social worker and counselor.
Darien has worked in Fairfield for 20+ years, but moved to Fairfield from Washington, Iowa in 2003 with his wife Roberta and their three children, Madeline, Max, and Claudia. Roberta has a degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa and is an employee of the Washington County Department of Human Services, and about a year ago became the Coordinator of the First Five Program for Washington and Henry County. Prior to her current position she worked for Washington County for 18 years, first as a Parent Educator and later as the Manager for that program. Madeline teaches vocal music in the Mount Pleasant School District, Max teaches high school English in the Grinnell School District, and Claudia will graduate from Grandview University in Des Moines this spring with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing.
Theater is shared passion in Darien’s family, and the entire Sloat family engaged in all aspects of the Fairfield Area Community Theater (F.A.C.T.) since moving to town. Darien enjoys set-building for shows with F.A.C.T., the High School, the Middle School, as well as the High School Large Group Speech Team and the Maharishi School Speech team.
Darien is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Fairfield Area Soccer Association and coached soccer in Fairfield and Washington for many years. Darien spends his remaining free time with friends, using the trail system in Fairfield, walking the dogs, golfing, fishing, and playing cards.
Departing CEO, Detra Dettmann, is very excited for this next chapter for our Chamber. "I first met Darien when we moved town in 2005 after we enrolled our 8-year old daughter in soccer and Darien was her volunteer coach," says Detra. "I was immediately struck by Darien’s gentle spirit and genuine care for others. These qualities made him a great soccer coach and mentor for kids, and will also make a him an outstanding leader for the Chamber. Having known Darien for over 12 years, I’ve seen his sincere love for Fairfield and his dedication to service. I feel those are the most important qualities a Chamber’s leader can possess. The future of our Chamber is very bright."
Detra's last day with the Chamber is November 17. She leaves the Chamber after 17 months of service to join her husband who accepted a position in northeast Iowa in January. "While my time here has been short," says Detra, "It's truly been one of the most rewarding experiences in my professional career. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve our members and the community. Fairfield will always be a very special chapter in my life and hold a special place in my heart."
The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to provide Jefferson County residents the opportunity to share their views with state lawmakers during a series of four public forums during the Iowa legislative session. The first Legislative Forum of the season will be held on Saturday, January 20th at the Best Western Fairfield Inn. This monthly session will be held from 7:30-9:00am on the third Saturday of January, February, March, and April. Legislators will provide a brief update followed by open Q&A moderated by Chamber Executive Director, Darien Sloat. Coffee and Donuts will be provided to participants.
Thank you to our generous sponsors who make this event possible and also provide an opportunity for high school students to attend as their guest and learn about the political process. 2018 Legislative Forum Sponsors include Edward Jones Investments - Brian Olson, Fairfield Community School District, First National Bank, Iowa State Bank of Fairfield, Jefferson County Farm Bureau, Jefferson County Farmers and Neighbors (JFAN), Maharishi School, and Morrissey Law Office. For more information, please contact the Chamber at 641-472-2111 or email Events@FairfieldIowa.com.