Chamber's Team Bartow Tent at Steeplechase Open to the Public

The Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce is planning to showcase Bartow County and many of its offerings with its Team Bartow Village at the 2013 Atlanta Steeple Chase in Bartow County on April 13.

The Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce is set to showcase Bartow County and many of its offerings at the 2013 Atlanta Steeplechase on April 13.

The Chamber's first Team Bartow Village will include visual displays tracing the history of the Steeplechase and chronicling Bartow County’s past; interactive displays by the Booth Western Art Museum and Tellus Science Museum; and the "Taste of the Chase" food court featuring cuisine from Bartow County eateries, Bryan Canty, chairman of the Steeplechase Committee, said in a press release. The main tent is open to the general public and family-friendly.

A year ago, Cartersville Patch featured Chamber president and CEO Joe Frank Harris Jr. and the bell-ringing campaign he developed as interim president.

Harris implemented Buy Bartow-Work Bartow more than two years ago, and within about the first year, met the program's first goal of helping put more than 500 people back to work in Bartow County.

The idea came to Harris, who is the son of former, two-term Georgia governor Joe Frank Harris, when he saw friends lose their houses in the recession. He remembered a Buy Bartow campaign 15 years ago when he was the Chamber's board chairman.

The goal is for residents to spend money right here at home, stimulating Bartow County's economy and the creation of local jobs to be filled with local workers.

The Chamber is furthering its effort to grow local business with Team Bartow Village at Atlanta Steeplechase, which also will include a number of private corporate tents in which businesses can entertain prospective clients and show gratitude for loyal customers.

"Team Bartow Village sits on prime real estate located between turns two and three along the back stretch of Kingston Downs," Canty wrote. "The crown jewels in Team Bartow’s village will be three double-spired, 20-foot-by-40-foot, 'Team Bartow' tents, sponsored by the [Chamber].

"Logistically, the naturally occurring cresting hillside provides unobscured visibility around the mile-and-a-half oval highlighted by three jumps in front of Bartow’s terrace."

The 48th Running of the Atlanta Steeplechase, presented by and benefiting the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, happens at Kingston Downs in Bartow and Floyd counties. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the course closes at 6 p.m., but no vehicles are allowed in after 2 p.m.

General admission tickets, available at Publix, are $30, and children 12 and younger are admitted free.

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