Paris Chamber of Commerce

Frontier Days in Paris, 2014

What are your plans for this weekend? Need a fun get-a-way? October 4th…Round ‘em up, head ‘em out, stampede ‘em to Paris!!

The 35th Annual Frontier Days is THIS WEEKEND for celebration and fun activities, THE place for a whoop’n good time.

A parade will kick off at 9a for the festivities. Later, many of the cars parking at the square for the car show from 10a-2p along with a motorcycle show put on by the CMA’S.

Main events are located at the Fair Grounds on E 22 hwy at Airport Industrial Rd just east of Paris proper.

Beginning at at 10 a  until 7 p. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the entertainment.
Here’s the scheduled events:
       10a    Color guard and National anthem at Haguewood prairie.                                    Haguewood Monument
       11a     Movies about Paris History
      12p    July 15th, 1914 Arthur Tillman (hosted by Logan County Museum)
       1p      Patrick Milliard provide vocals and guitar
       2p      Movies about Paris History
       3p      Turtle Race along with Dress review contests.
      4p      Katlyn Culver vocals

5-7p Merilee Voth Country artist
  Other Event throughout the day:
         10-5 Quilt Show in main show room
         10-5 FREE Pumpkin Patch sponsored by friends of CASA
A kids zone packed full of fun activities bounce arounds, train rides, face paining, coloring sheets and free ice cream, pony rides and a petting zoo.
Join us  in Paris and have some real Frontier Day fun family designed make great memories.


New Director Named for Paris Chamber Of Commerce

Tonya Baumgartner has been named as the new Director at the Paris Chamber of Commerce.

Excited to be a bigger part of helping Paris grow, Tonya is looking forward to having more tourism come for a visit.

Recently, Tonya gave some insight to her passion for Paris. “I have always worked out of town and I really love our town and wanted to be more involved. I have always worked close with the boys and girls club as a volunteer and coach. My husband was raised in the Paris Area and we got married in April of 2001. We wanted to be in Paris and after being married one year we moved to Paris and opened our own business. P & T pest control (Preston and Tonya) was our big adventure. The first few years were a big struggle for a new business in Paris but we did it! I also went to work for a cell phone company and worked from home. We later opened an office in Paris and started hiring office staff and drivers! We owned our successful business for almost 10 years before we closed the doors in 2012. I then was working all over the state and wanted to be close to home.We have 3 daughters and I my hobbies are anything the girls are doing! They all are active in sports so we do a lot of softball, volleyball, basketball and cheer.

When this position came open I received calls from a few people in town telling me I should apply. I then did a little research and decided it was exactly what I was looking for.  My grandpa and grandma were both born and raised in Paris and that is one reason I love our community so much. I never loose interest of the stories about the history of Paris! I am enjoying the position very much and I have really learned that the Paris Area Chamber is much more involved than people realize. I have already worked on the firework displays, the Santa house, the circus, economic development, the farmers market, the Eiffel tower project, the teachers banquet, the butterfly festival, the big to do on 22, meet with city council and fair board all while working on tourism and building up the chambers membership and our new face book page promoting Paris and it’s area! This is all in just 3 weeks!

I know there is a lot more in store for me and I look forward to the challenge.” welcomes Tonya! With her expertise we are sure that under her leadership Paris will have many new and good things to come.

Paris Gateway to Mt. Magazine Logo

More than 400,000 visitors find their way to Mt. Magazine annually. Being the gateway to the mountain, Paris hopes many will stop for a visit and enjoy the pleasantries of small hometown welcome.

Paris Chamber Director Retires

It is with a heavy heart that this web reports the retirement of Linda Hixson, Director of the Paris Chamber of Commerce.

On Friday, October 25, 2013, a letter was released to the Chamber Members…

Dear Members,

On Tuesday evening at the regular scheduled meeting of the Chamber Board of Directors, I submitted my resignation as Executive Director of the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce.
I am RETIRING from Public Service effective November 8, 2013.  I will see the Chamber through some of the upcoming events (Commissioners meeting & Banquet on November 13 and the Christmas Lighting Ceremony and Entertainment on Saturday, November 30) as I feel it would be very difficult for an interim or a new director or the Board members to complete those events. I will not, however,  be in the office on a full time basis after November 8.
I want to thank the Executive Board and Board Members as well as the general membership, the City of Paris and Logan County officials for the wonderful years of support everyone has given to me since I took the Directorship in July of 2007.  The Chamber has accomplished many good things during this time, and I am proud to have had a small part in those good things.
Our community is well served by the Chamber, its members and Board of Directors.  Our Chamber does as much, if not more, than most of the larger Chambers of Commerce in the state and certainly in our Region,  and I know that the future will hold many more successes as you all continue to build on the foundation that has been laid during the past 68 years of its existence here in Paris!
Thanks to all of you for giving me the opportunity to play a small part in the successes that have been realized in the past 6 years!
My very best and warmest regards to you all.
We shall miss her vitality, enthusiasm and energy in the promotion of Paris, Arkansas. I  have always enjoyed visiting with Linda and learning from her immeasurable guidance.

God be with you, Linda, we shall miss you greatly. May your life’s successes follow you on all your paths to the future



Frontier Days Are Coming

The 34th Annual Mt. Magazine Frontier Day Festival is almost here!

Saturday, October 5, 2013. This year the festival will be at the Logan County Fairgrounds, 144 Airport Industrial Park Road & East Highway 22.


Paris hosts the Annual Mt. Magazine Frontier Day Festival every first Saturday of October. The  full day packed with events of entertainment, contests, and lots and lots of fun. Attendees are invited to dress in Frontier attire and participate in the celebration of Paris’s pioneer heritage.

Here is the schedule of events…

7:30 am:  Relay for Life 5K Race

9am: Parade followed by  the Annual Car Show featuring Antique and Classic cars on the Court House Square.

10am: Opening Ceremonies will be at at the Logan County Fairgrounds with the318

dedication of the Haguewood Prairie Civil War Battle Historical Marker.





We invite you to join Paris Saturday, October 5, 2013 in downtown Paris on the courthouse square and at the Logan County Fairgrounds, for our 34th  Annual Mt. Magazine Frontier Day Festival.

From 10AM-5PM, the day is packed with arts & craft & food vendors, old fashioned games and contests with prizes to the winners. A Sesquicentennial Civil War Observance with Civil War cannon fire, battle re-enactments, Civil War encampment. 

A pioneer dress contest will be held for men, women & children, along with events like the annual Box Turtle Race, live musical entertainment and activities for the children are also highlighted throughout the day.

CASA of the Tri-Peaks, the Logan County 4-H Clubs and the Rural Fire Departments will be hosting a fantastic KIDZ Zone from 10AM-5PM. 

The Logan County Piecemakers Quilt Guild will have a quilt show held inside the main exhibit hall at the Logan County Fairgrounds from 10-5.

The Miss Mt. Magazine Pageant will top off the fun packed day and will be held at the Middle School Auditorium at 602 North 10th at 5 pm.

See you there!

Contestants can pick up an application at the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce. Updated forms and information will be coming soon… so, for more information, contact the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce at 479-963-2244 or


Paris Video

Paris Chamber of Commerce Director, Linda Hixson has talked with a documentarian, Ray Bertram about Paris. Here is a preview on YouTube of  some of the Documentary film footage from his the Documentary series.

This is just a short preview of some of the footage that has already been filmed and not the finished documentary.  Ray and the crew will return again on May 4 to complete shooting footage, then will do the studio work to put the finished film together,  some of this footage may not even be in the final documentary.

Ms. Hixson offered, ‘ He said that the team was trying to decide on which small town to feature next in the series and that they were finding it hard to find a city our size that compares…in Mr. Bertram’s words,  “Paris sets a very high bar and will be a hard city to follow.”

We knew that. Paris is a great little town to live in, visit and learn about its colorful history.

Paris Chamber of Commerce to Reprint City Maps

In the past Paris Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Boonville Chamber of Commerce to create Logan Co., Boonville and Paris city maps. That supply of  maps is nearly depleted from its first printing.

Coordinating efforts have begun to get the maps re-printed.  Each city will have room for ten ad spaces for sale (at $150 each),  on their portion of the map in order to pay for the re-printing.  Ad space is about 3″ wide by 2.5″ tall.   Arkansas Family Eye Care, ARVEST Bank, Ray Kiefer Automotive have already committed to the purchase of ads, getting this project off to a running start.

Members are invited to participate and submit their ads!

Deadline for ad purchase and submission of what you want on your ad (logo, address, phone, website, etc.) will be due to the Chamber office by Friday, February 15, 2013.

Electronic submission of your information is recommended with your logos please keep in mind, the current map is NOT in full color. It is in black & white and green; there is no anticipation of any color change.

Contact Linda D.  Hixson, Executive Director of the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce,  479-963-2244 for more information and questions.


Donut Palace Ribbon Cutting

Please join the Paris Chamber of Commerce to welcome the new Managers of Donut Palace as we cut the welcome ribbon for them.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012, the Donut Palace, 305 East Walnut
New Managers:  Ly-Heng & Norin Chin.  963-1084

They have come to Paris from California and we wish them a very successful and prosperious business here. 


2012 Chamber Awards Nominations

The Paris Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the Community Service Awards for the 2012 Chamber Awards Banquet that will be celebrated at Mt. Magazine State Park Lodge on Saturday, January 19, 2013.  Community Service awards will be given to the Youth of the Year, Educator of the Year, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Chamber Member of the Year.
Please contact the Chamber for NOMINATION FORMS AND CRITERIA GUIDELINES information for submission of nominations.  You may nominate a nominee for every category.  Forms may be copied and given to others who are interested in making nominations for the awards.  Please forward this information to others who may be interested in making nominations.  Nomination deadline is Friday, December 21.  Nominations may be mailed (301 West Walnut) faxed 479-963-8321 or delivered to the Chamber in person.
Additional information about the banquet will be available soon as will tickets for the event which is scheduled to be another gala evening of celebration with a Patriotic Theme. Please contact the Chamber office at 479-963-2244 if you have any questions.
Thank you all for taking time to nominate someone for these prestigious community awards.

Paris Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Katherine Farrell

The Paris Chamber of Commerce welcomes Katharine Farrell as the new Community Marketing Specialist. Katharine will be working closely with many of you on additional outreach campaigns and events in order to increase registration numbers across each Smart911 location, our program of emphasizing the importance of a Safety Profile and being a part of the their Safety Tips flyer.