Deanna Kupcik

Deanna Kupcik.

Did you know that at one time Buckeye was known as the dove-hunting capital of the West? Back in the ‘60s and ‘70s it was — people came from far and wide, companies bussed in hunters, celebrities came just for the thrill of hunting dove, and it was a big deal. But times changed, farmers did not grow as much grain and we lost that designation.

September 1 was the start of the 2019 dove season. It begins a half hour before dawn and ends a half hour after dusk every day through September 15. Buckeye once again welcomes dove hunters. Arizona Game and Fish along with some local farmers have planted grain to attract more dove, so we are expecting a great season. The chamber will even be open from 4 to 10 a.m. Saturday, September 7, to welcome hunters. We will have the AZGF maps and will even have coffee brewing at 508 E. Monroe Avenue. Please, stop in!

Maps and hunting licenses are available on the Arizona Game and Fish website (azgfd.com/license). A few cleaning stations will be set up around town, and downtown restaurants will be open. For more information regarding dove hunting, check out another Game and Fish website: azgfd.gov/dove.

We can see the end of summer. At least the calendar indicates it’s about over. You can nod your head and smile now. But we are thinking ahead to our great weather months and our big community events. The Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce is putting together an official “Dining Guide” that will include every restaurant and eating establishment in the city of Buckeye. Our current count is at 67. This guide will be printed and distributed through the chamber and at our major events: Oktoberfest, Sangria & Shopping, Demolition Derby, the Buckeye Marathon “Race to the Runway,” and the four-day Air Fair in February. (Yes, I said four-day Air Fair. There will be more on that in future articles, but we are very excited.) You can find all of these events on the chamber’s website: buckeyevalleychamber.org. Or, you can download the chamber app, which is available for iOS and Android phones. Just search “Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce.”

The Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce is a proud member of the West Valley Chamber of Commerce Alliance along with the Southwest Valley, Surprise Regional, Glendale, Peoria and Wickenburg chambers.

On Thursday, August 22, we all participated in the annual Biz 2 Biz Expo. I want to give a big thumbs up to all the chamber members who had booths (you all outdid yourselves this year), all the visitors (there were a bunch of you) and especially to the Glendale Chamber of Commerce staff for the excellent job you did coordinating this amazing event. Thank you!