Colorful fireworks

Happy New Year!

 I was at the office this last gloomy cold Friday waiting for Ohio State football fans to stop by.  We have small souvenirs welcoming our Buckeye Fans to Buckeye, Arizona.  

By the time this is published the Fiesta Bowl will be in the history books, but we love our Buckeye fans!

Before we start on the New Year happenings, I want to give a shout out to the Buckeye Main Street Coalition on the amazing production of the 16th annual Glow on Monroe Christmas Parade.  If you missed it this year, mark your calendars for Dec. 12, 2020, and plan on being in Downtown Buckeye for a great kick off the 2020 Christmas season.  

Buckeye Main Street Rocks!  

Buckeye’s first event of 2020 is “The Race to the Runway” Marathon on Saturday, Jan. 4, on the Sun Valley Parkway to the Buckeye Municipal Airport. For more information and registration go to buckeyeaz.gov.  You can also find information on the Buckeye Air Fair taking place in February. It’s going to be a four-day event this year.  We keep getting bigger and better!

At 6 p.m. Jan. 16, you are invited to the first Buckeye Leadership Open House at the Buckeye Chamber office, 508 E. Monroe Ave. We welcome everyone that has an interest in anything Buckeye.   This program is directed to new citizens of Buckeye, those that have been here forever and all those in-between.  

We have so many great partners to assure you get a great knowledge of all that is Buckeye.  Meet and hear from all the city department directors, schools, major employers, nonprofits and service organizations as well as have a great time. Meet new friends and learn about your community.  And it is all free thanks to our wonderful sponsors APS and the city of Buckeye.

Last, my wish for 2020 is for everyone to be kind. Thank those service employees, smile at fellow shoppers (it might make their day), let someone cut in on the freeway.  Make the West Valley the best place to live, work and play!

Happy New Year!

Deanna Kupcik is president/CEO of the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at 623- 386-2727 or visit buckeyevalleychamber.org.