The sign will replace the existing two sided sign on the grounds of the Fennimore Railroad Museum. The Chamber hopes the sign will not only offer a more modern look to the existing space, but also be able to benefit more events in the community.
“The biggest thing is we have a lot of events and this (new) sign will allow us to be able to promote more. We will also be able to get events up that we find out about last minute,” Fennimore Chamber of Commerce President Ashley Walker shared. “It is a city owned sign, so, having it digital will also save the city money on maintenance costs of changing the sign.”
The Chamber plans to match up to $7,500 in donations for the sign, which is quoted to cost $20,966 in total. By working with the Fennimore Area Foundation on the donation process, donors will be able to make tax-deductable donations for the sign-similar to how donations were handled for the city pool.
“Donors will be able to donate directly to the Fennimore Area Foundation, but all donations will need to be earmarked for the Community Sign,” noted Promotions Coordinator Linda Parrish.
The sign will come from the Lange Sign Company, who has provided similar signs in the community for Century 21 and Southwest Tech. The sign will be the same size as the current one.
Parrish noted that the existing structure of the sign will be rehabbed a bit as well. With the existing sign advertising the train rides being repainted by local students. The clock, which will remain, was also recently repaired thanks to a generous donation from Sheldon Bartles.
The Chamber of Commerce hopes to have reached their fund raising goal by February 29 of 2020 in order to have the sign ready by the busy summer season.
Checks can be made out to the Fennimore Area Foundation and will be considered tax deductible. It is important to remember to earmark the tickets for the Fennimore Community Sign. They can be mailed to P.O. Box 134, Fennimore WI 53809 or dropped off at the Chamber or City Clerk’s office.