Country Christmas Event December 3 on the Square

Tree Lighting and Parade, hayrides, Hot Chocolate, Hot Cider, Fudge, brownies, cookies, S’mores, Honor Choir, LHS Band, 5k Jingle Jog, Chili Cookoff, and Live Music. Schedule and times coming soon! For the latest updates, see the Facebook event.

This event will be held on the Leonard Square.

Make plans to join us after the parade at Benediction On The Square, downtown Leonard and enjoy Live Music with Bailey Rae! YAJC will also be hosting a Chili Cookoff at the venue. See more details and a video with Bailey Rae’s music on the Facebook post.

 

Thanks to the Sponsors & Volunteers who made the 2022 Leonard Picnic possible!

Band playing at a picnic surrounded by lawn and families.
Live Entertainment at the Leonard Picnic

Thanks to all the sponsors who made this event possible. Please support these sponsors they make this event possible!!!

Thanks to all the volunteers, with your efforts and dedication to make this event a success, from working the gate, parking cars, working the chamber booth, setting up canopies, barricades, tables, chairs, rerouting traffic for the parade, organizing an event, lining up parade entries, research history and announce any information needed, hauling equipment to and from the park, putting up banners, signs, icing down water, judging the contests, shuttling bands to and from the green room, buying Gatorade for the band, supplying homemade deserts for the bands and showing some good ole Leonard hospitality at the green room.

I’m sure I have forgotten someone or something, but it takes a lot of time and effort to pull off an event like this and it doesn’t go unnoticed.

Sincere thanks to all of these fine citizens:

Noel & Teresa Nixon
Garry & Gaye Doyle
Scott & Kelli Blackerby
Blaine Alexander
Gary Stanley
Chad Lacy
Lindsey Clem
Michael & Alisha Pye
Gary Woodruff
Amanda Horton
Betsy Blevins
Debra Wilcox
Elizabeth Christman
Leonard Fire Dept
Kacie Maxwell
Mark Blackerby
Nell Hollis
Beth Tircuit
Dawn Sudderth
Kadee Todd
Linda Beckham
Chelsea Stanley
Chad & Cassie Seals
Matthew Harvey
Amanda McDonald
Ashley Reichert
Kayla & Robin Ross
Kimberly Clark
April Cottrell
Mark Sanderson
Javier & Melissa Cervantes
Eddie Cox
Al Stephens
Donna Rushing
Janie Pierson
Tammie Summers
Jennifer Smith
Kristy Agrilid
Ginger Gardner
King’s Trail Cowboy Church
Jason McCartney
Brian Jones
Allen Dickson
Katie Cook
Amber Bates
Kelly Wrinkle
Joe Paul Gray
Christian Gaydos & Kari Doyle
Shelli Conway
Sara McBroom
Jim Simpson
Bryant Hill
Julie Griffith
Stacey Backus
Clint Backus
MacKenzie Lane
Wendy Helmer
Kelly Jo Burrows
Dustin Whitmire
Lesley Amyx
Joyce Sanderson
City of Leonard
The Preservation League
All School Reunion Committee
Leonard Youth Sports

Opportunities to Serve on 2022 Committees

We are looking for volunteers to help during 2022 on various committees.  You can sign up at the next Chamber meeting by sending an email to [email protected].  Below is a list of the committees and what each one is responsible for.  If you have any questions please contact Elizabeth Christman or another chamber officer or director.

  1.  Chamber Banquet Committee – This committee plans the annual banquet. This committee typically has between 3 to 5 people on it.   The date for the 2022 banquet will be April 1st.  The committee will be in contact through email and possible meeting in person 3 to 5 times.  They are responsible for arranging for the meal, entertainment, as well as overseeing the silent auction.
  2. Yard of the Month  – This committee usually has 2 to 3 people on it.  They are responsible for selecting the yard of the month winners from April through September, placing the sign in the winner’s yard,  letting the Leonard Graphic know the yard of the month, and reporting the winner at the monthly chamber of commerce meetings.
  3. Easter Egg Hunt – This committee usually has 2 to 3 people on it.  They are responsible for planning the egg hunt including, ordering eggs, finding someone to be the Easter bunny, working with the city on use of the park, advertising,  running the event the day of the egg hunt, etc.  The egg hunt has always been the Saturday before Easter.  The planning can be done through email or possibly one to two meetings in person.
  4. Leonard Picnic – This committee will consist of between 7 to 10 people.  They are responsible for planning the 3 day event including all planning including entertainment, vendor booths, food trucks, carnival, parade, working with LSA on tournaments, working with band boosters on 5K, the pageant, advertising, working with the City of Leonard, sponsorships, etc.  This group will work both through email and in-person meetings.  This committee will meet probably 7 to 10 times starting in January and ending in August.
  5. Halloween on the Square – This committee will consist of 3 or 4 people.  They will be responsible for advertising, working with the City of Leonard & TX dot to get streets blocked, getting organizations and businesses to set up booths, setting up the layout for booths, overseeing the costume contest, getting donations for things such as bounce houses, etc.
  6. Leonard Toy Drive Committee – this committee will consist of 3 or 4 people.  They will meet a few times from October to December 2021.  They will be responsible for getting the information to the Leonard Graphic and Leonard ISD.  They will oversee the collection of Toys and the distribution of the toys prior to Christmas
  7. Christmas Activities Committee – This committee will consist of 5 or 5 people.  They will meet from September / October through the first of December. They are responsible for the planning of the Christmas parade, advertising, working with the City of Leonard, sale of lollipops, etc.
  8. Greeter Committee – This committee will consist of 2 or 3 people.  This committee is responsible for items for and putting together goodie bags to be taken to the City of Leonard and possibly other area water companies to be given out to new residents when setting up their water. This committee will meet as necessary throughout the year to put the bags together and get them distributed.
  9. Membership Drive Committee – This committee will consist of 2 or 4 people.  This committee is responsible for getting new members and helping us retain current members.  They will work through email and on occasion meet in person.  They will primarily meet from January through March.  They may go to local businesses as needed to take membership info to them.
  10. New Officer/Director Search Committee – This committee will consist of 2 or 3 people. They will meet during September / October.  They are responsible for finding volunteers to serve as officers/directors for the following year.  They will present their recommendations at the November chamber meeting.

Lollipop signs on sale now benefiting the Leonard Toy Drive

The deadline to purchase a lollipop that will be displayed on the downtown square during the holidays is quickly approaching.  Please have your order submitted and the lollipop paid for by Tuesday November 9th.  Please submit a request for your lollipop to [email protected].

Payments can be made through the chamber of commerce website (on the donation form, select other, and enter “lollipop”) or can be turned in at the chamber of commerce meeting next week.

The cost to display your lollipop or get a new one is $25, and this money goes to the Leonard Toy Drive. Lollipops are placed around the square at random.

Here are some examples from previous years (click image for larger version):

 

New Businesses on the Square

On June 26, 2021, the Leonard Chamber of Commerce welcomed three new businesses to the downtown square: Snap Expressions Mercantile, Rebel Soul Boutique, and Dumpster Diva Designs.

Snap Expressions Mercantile
-Vendor Mall
-north side of the square
-Kayla Ross

Rebel Soul Boutique
-Clothing Boutique
-west side of the square
-Trey & Beverli Trammell

Dumpster Diva Designs
-Unique, Refurbished, & Custom Furniture
-south side of the square
-Javier & Melissa Cervantes

2021 Leonard Picnic Schedule and how to be a vendor or sponsor

Here is the schedule for the Leonard Picnic as of May 11, 2021.

  • If you are interested in setting up a Vendor Booth please contact [email protected]
  • If you are interested in setting up a Food Truck please contact [email protected]
  • If you are interested in sponsoring the Picnic please contact [email protected]Schedule is updated as of June 29, 2021
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS page 1 of 2
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS page 2 of 2

2020 Leonard Chamber of Commerce Awards Honorees

Here are the award winners for 2020 — presented at the Leonard Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet held in Spring, 2021:

 

Nominations due by 3-1-21 for Educator, Citizen, Business of the Year!

Help reward a deserving Citizen, Business, or Educator of Leonard! Please take the time to fill out Nomination Forms for this year! The winners will be honored at the Leonard Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet on April 9, 2021.

All nominations are due by Monday, March 1st!

Please return to Leonard Pharmacy, First United Bank, Bear Creek Country Store, or email to [email protected] or mail to:

Business of the Year, Buchanan Insurance

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You can complete the nomination forms online by following the links below:

https://form.123formbuilder.com/5807499/educator-of-the-year-2020
http://form.123formbuilder.com/5254446/business-of-the-year-2020
http://form.123formbuilder.com/5254436/citizen-of-the-year-2020

Here are PDF nomination forms for you to print and complete if you would like to mail, e-mail, or deliver them:

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2021

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR 2021

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR 2021