Tickets for the fifth-annual Fayette County Chamber of Commerce Groundhog Breakfast will be on sale until Jan. 25.
Sponsored by McDonald’s of Fayette County, the business forecast meeting is scheduled for 7 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Mahan Building.
Speaking is Chad Gibson, associated faculty of the Knowlton School of Architecture city and Regional Planning Department at The Ohio State University. Gibson recently led a team of master’s degree students in updating the county’s comprehensive land use plan. Gibson will share insight on their strategies for the county to remain economically resilient, attract and retain residents, and maintain its strong agricultural heritage.
Also speaking is Drew Hastings, mayor of Hillsboro, Ohio. As a comedian, Drew has been a stand-up for 20-plus years with comedy specials, and appearances on national television and radio shows. As a farmer, Drew left his loft in Los Angeles at the age of 50 to take up farming in rural Ohio, where he has a cow/calf operation. As a mayor, he was recently re-elected to a second term in the City of Hillsboro, where his politically incorrect candor is often controversial, but usually well-received.
And, as always, there will be a celebrity groundhog at the event. Clues will be given throughout the morning as to the identity of the celebrity groundhog, which will be revealed at the conclusion of the program.
Tickets for the breakfast are $25 and can be obtained at the Chamber of Commerce office, 101 E. East St., or by calling 740-335-0761. “Members, and the public at large, are welcome to attend this annual event,” said Chamber president, Whitney Gentry. “We have an exciting program and the support of our corporate sponsor, McDonald’s of Fayette County. It’s going to be a great morning.”