By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
It’s been said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and this year’s Liberal Chamber of Commerce Bash may be proof of that.
The bash, entitled “Trash at the Bash – Re-cycle, Re-use, Re-decorate,” will take place Saturday evening at Liberal High School, and Chamber director Rozelle Webb said the event is taking the term “green” to another level to see how creative people can be by using recycled items.
“Everyone is really getting their thought processes going and thinking of things that they can do to recycle items,” she said. “It should be pretty fun to see all the tables when they’re done.”
Performers at this year’s Chamber Bash go right along with the theme, according to Webb.
“Our entertainment is Vocal Trash, and they are a very high energetic vocal group,” she said. “They do the recycled items for their musical instruments.”
Webb said the band’s music sounds just like those of mainstream music groups.
“If you had your eyes closed, you would never know that they didn’t have the real musical instruments,” she said. “They sound fabulous. They use trash cans and water bottles and things like that for their musical instruments. Their sound is really good.”
Webb said having Vocal Trash perform at the bash has been in the works for some time.
“Donna Sill had been to a convention where she had heard this group,” she said. “She came back and told me about them. That’s been about two years ago. We’ve had them booked for well over a year.”
“Sometimes, we do our theme according to the entertainer that’s coming, and sometimes, we just pick a theme,” she said.
Webb said for those businesses and groups wanting to get a table, a few are still available for Saturday night.
“We could probably still take a table or two,” she said.
Tickets are currently being sold for $40 for the entertainment and dinner, and for those simply coming for Vocal Trash, those tickets are just $20.
“We prefer people buy their tickets by Thursday at 5,” Webb said. “We will still be selling tickets Friday, and we will have a few tickets at the door. We will again have a really good prime rib dinner.”
The Chamber director said following the meal, awards will be given out prior to moving across the hall to Maskus Auditorium for the night’s entertainment.
“We’ll give the Number One Ambassador award, the Merit Award and the Friend of the Chamber award,” she said.
A table decorating contest will also take place during the evening.
“We’ll have a first, second and third prize for best table decoration,” Webb said. “We’ll have a people’s choice table decoration again this year. We’ll give prizes to the best dressed couple to the theme – the best dressed man and the best dressed woman.”
Webb said the bash is not just for Chamber members.
“Anyone can come to our Chamber banquet,” she said. “It’s open to the public. Sometimes, people get confused, and they think it’s just for Chamber members. It’s open to the public, and we invite everyone to come. It’s a really nice evening.”
Webb added attire for the evening is informal.
“While we encourage people to dress to the theme, they certainly don’t have to. That’s not required,” she said. “Come as you please.”
Webb said an event like the Chamber Bash would not be possible without the help of many sponsors.
“Our presenting sponsor is National Beef,” she said. “Our entertainment gold sponsors are Electric Motor Service, First National Bank and Southern Pioneer Electric. Our entertainment silver sponsors are Quality Inn, State Farm Jerry Harding, Farm Bureau Scott Kane and Groendyke Transport. Our dinner gold sponsors are Black Hills Energy, Emeritus at Liberal Springs, J&R Sand Company, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School and Southern Office Supply. Our dinner silver sponsors are Golden Plains Credit Union, Hampton Inn, Madden Oil, Southwest Medical Center, United Wireless and Conestoga Energy.”
The Chamber Bash begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at LHS with doors opening at 5 p.m. For more information, call the Chamber at 624-3855.