Mansfield chamber of commerce executive director Dawn Hull told the board of directors at its Tuesday, Sept. 10 meeting that help was needed in the office with the beginning of classes for Mansfield University.
“We are looking for someone to work in the office Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but until we fill the position, we may have the office locked if I have to attend a meeting,” Hull said.
She also asked the board members to fill out the surveys that have been sent out by “Develop Tioga,” formerly known as TCDC, so that they can get an idea of what is needed most.
“Whether it’s training, resources, workforce development, please fill out the information will be released at the next economic summit Oct. 18,” she said.
The replacement for the Fabulous 1890s, LUMA, which stands for “Light Up Mansfield Again,” also was discussed by Hull.
“We are closing College Avenue to traffic for the street festival Sept. 28 for food vendors and trucks,” she said.
There will also be beer at the festival, a first for Mansfield, Hull added.
On Friday, Sept. 27, singer Hunter Hayes will give a concert at the university football field and food trucks and vendors are also planned for the event, weather permitting.
The rain location is Decker Gym, which has a capacity of 2,500. There have already been more than 500 tickets sold, said board member Kevin Thomas.
Ticket information is on the chamber’s and university’s websites.
The chamber’s annual Halloween event at Smythe Park, Trunk or Treat, will be Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 6 p.m., but could go longer, depending on the number of people who turn out.
“Last year it went to 8 p.m.; we had 800 people show up and the lines extended all the way to the high school student parking lot,” Hull said. People started lining up at 4 p.m., she added.
This year, Hull said it could be bigger, and business participation is already good.
“We had 10 businesses sign up within 30 minutes of my email being sent out,” she said.
Set up is by 4:30 p.m., and only community service groups or businesses that register will be allowed to participate in giving out candy or other giveaways, she added.
The borough police and emergency services will be on hand with an ambulance to keep everyone safe, Hull said.
Though they don’t turn anyone away who wants to get a giveaway, the event is “age appropriate,” Hull said.