Hello Chamber Members,

The Chamber’s fiscal year began on July 1st and we are very excited about the upcoming year.  Our focus remains on our members, how we can best support you and foster economic growth within our community that will benefit your business.  We appreciate those who have renewed their membership, we are here to help you in any way we can.  If you have not received your renewal invoice or have answer on it please let me know.

The summer is flying by and we hope that this has been both a fun and successful summer for you. The Town of Buena Vista, along with the Chamber and Visitor Center, has been buzzing with activity. During July 2017 the Chamber’s Visitor Center averaged over 60 visitors per day, and that is just those who signed the guest book. Phone calls and walk-ins have been abundant this summer.  The Chamber believes that referring visitors to local businesses, promoting the area’s many activities and attractions, and distributing area information to our visitors is vital to supporting and growing tourism in our area. Although the Chamber team is super busy, we are enjoying welcoming visitors to our special community. We appreciate the many compliments the staff and volunteers receive on the quality of information, friendliness, and the amount of resources we have.  The Chamber hands out an huge amount of information and brochures to visitors, please make sure that we have a good quantity of your most up to date information to distribute.

Please contact the Chamber if you are running low on the 2017 Visitor & Relocation Guide and we will bring more to you.

Mark your calendars for Gold Rush Days August 12th & 13th!  We have a terrific lineup of entertainment this year including local favorites Dakota Blonde, Carin Marie, Mountain Mantra, and many more musical groups, along with historical reenactments and the First Colorado Company D, Civil War reenactors. We have over 100 booths at the Art & Craft Fair with a terrific variety of products. Check out all the Gold Rush Days events on our website.  We hope to see you there. 

Gold Rush Days Duck Race tickets are available online.  Tickets are only $5.00 for the chance to win the $500 or $250 prize.  Proceeds support the Chamber and Visitor Center.

I want to send a huge THANK YOU to our amazing Gold Rush Committee. Their organizational skills make it look easy but I know how hard they worked and the Chamber is so appreciative of their time and contributions. This year’s committee is:
Sue Barrille – Chairperson
Cherie & Ron Haarberg – Beer Garden
Denise Morthole – Vendor Chairperson
Frank Campbell – Civil War Reenactments and camp, plus the Victorian tea
Bonnie Young – Entertainment (and what a lineup we have)
Bill Baker – Historical reenactments at the Depot
John & Teresa Rorda – Marking the park for the Art & Craft Fair
Donna Mausbach & Cindie Swisher – Duck Race PLEASE BUY A TICKET!!
Alan Seeling – The Toilet Seat Race (and BV True Value for all the trophies!)

The Chamber is requesting member input and assistance for:

WOKKERS needed for Gold Rush Days. We have been told we will have no prison crew this year so we need help setting up and taking down the stages, tents, beer garden fencing, and placing signage for Gold Rush Days. If you know of a group who might be interested in helping (WE WILL DONATE TO THEIR CAUSE) please call me at 719-395-6612 or email    We also need volunteers to work the chamber booth.

Chamber Board of Directors Nominations. Make a difference; join the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center Board of Directors. Letters of intent for Board members are  being accepted until August 16th. Click here for more detailsPlease send nominations to or call Kathi at 719-395-6612.  

Citizen of the Year Nominations. Who do you think deserves this honor? Someone who epitomizes the word ‘Volunteer’ and receives no personal gain for their hard work.  Send an email to with their name and a description of why you feel they should be our 2017 Citizen of the Year. The winner will be honored at the Chambers Gala this fall.  The deadline for nominations is August 31st.

As the summer season winds down the Chamber is already focusing on the fall shoulder season.  The ATV Historic Color Tour is September 19- 23.  This is a fun event designed to showcase the year-round activities this area has.

As always, my door is always open and I appreciate your insights and suggestions.

Best regards,

Kathi Perry


Please welcome these new chamber members:

Eagle Summit – Vacation Rental
Taylor LaFavre

Eagle Summit is owned by a family who enjoys traveling and loves the small town of Buena Vista.  Their goal is to give other families the ability to stay in Buena Vista and explore all it has to offer.  Eagles Summit is a 12,000 sq. ft. vacation home rental which is tucked away at the base of Mount Princeton.  Situated on a 200 acre piece of land it has an abundance of beautiful wildlife and trails to explore.  Eagle Summit has everything – from an exercise room, to a full size swim spa.

Harmony Workshops
Kelly Beek (aka Kelly Kringle)

Kelly is a professional Santa and a Christmas Choralist.  With over three years’ experience, he brings that special holiday spirit, joy, and big smiles to parties and events of all sizes.  Kelly Kringle has provided quality services at malls, private parties, hospitals, church organizations and more. Kelly, a retired farmer from Eastern Colorado, is pleased to now call Buena Vista home.

THANK YOU to July’s BAH host Amy’s Hair Design.  We enjoyed seeing their lovely salon and meeting their professional, friendly stylists.

Business After Hours (BAH) is held the 3rd Thursday of every month from 5pm-7pm. This is a great way to showcase your business by inviting other members & guests to learn about what you offer and take a tour of your business.  Let us know if you’d like to host a BAH.

Business After Hours will be Thursday, August 17th at Mt. Antero Treasures & Gemclay Salon & Day Spa, 331 E. Main Street.  We hope to see you there!

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Please join us in thanking our 2017 Gold Rush Sponsors!

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Chamber Members may submit Weekly Announcements, including business events, specials and promotions, that, upon approval, will be emailed to all subscribers by the Chamber and posted on the Weekly Announcements page. Please submit announcements by 5:00 pm on Tuesday.  Submit via the Website or email your posters and flyers (jpeg) to

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