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The executive director of the Greater Pell City Chamber of Commerce has encouraged more community and business support for such events as the monthly Fourth Friday outings.
“We started them last year, and they’re a lot of fun,” Erica Grieve told members of the Pell City Rotary Club on Tuesday.  “It takes a lot to put them on, and we want people to get something out of it, but we won’t be able to if we can’t get enough people involved.”
The monthly events have been described as “a mini-block party,” bringing music, carnival games, food, art exhibits, and other attractions to Cogswell Avenue in downtown Pell City at the St. Clair County Courthouse.  Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Friday of every month.
Free to the public, the events are aimed at promoting support for local businesses.  “Otherwise people are going to go to Birmingham or Oxford to spend their money,” Grieve said.  “We’d like to keep them here.  Every day more people are coming to town and this area, and we’d like them to get to know our members.”
The chamber has added 37 members to its roster this year, she told Rotarians, boosting its current membership to 377, with a goal of reaching 400 by year’s end.
“Our chamber is more active than it has ever been,” Grieve said, listing today’s political forum – set for 6 p.m. at the Pell City Civic Center – and the June 7 Block Party as examples of chamber-sponsored events.
“We’re really excited about this year’s Block Party,” she said.  “We have some new musical acts, there will be separate country and rock stages, and it’s on a Saturday this year.”  
Vendor spaces are still available and may be filled by calling the chamber office, she added.

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