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Vale Chamber honors businesses and community members at banquet

VALE – About 100 people celebrated local businesses and shared a meal at the annual Vale Chamber of Commerce banquet Saturday, June 22.

“The goal here is to honor the folks that make the community what it is,” said Bill Buhrig, local agronomist and master of ceremonies at the banquet. “Nobody sets out to win awards, it’s just good people doing good things.”

Jessica Kulm, chamber president, agreed.

“It’s mostly about community,” Kulm said.

This year’s event saw some changes under the leadership of Kulm and vice president Alisha McBride. In the past, the banquet was held in February or March. To avoid competition with other annual events, the board moved this year’s celebration to June. Prior banquets were held at Vale High School; this year the board wanted a change and opted for . . .