Maggie Chamber honors businesses, volunteers
Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner and awards ceremony Tuesday night at the Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center.
Chamber Executive Director Teresa Smith gave members and guests an update on what the chamber has been working on this year before announcing the annual awards given to the best business, the best volunteers and the best event held at the festival grounds.
The award for Most Volunteer Hours Worked went to Smith's mother and father-in-law Claudia and Marion Smith, who logged 168 hours this season.
The award for Most Enthusiastic Volunteer: went to Ann and Jasay Ketchum.
The Glenn Reetz Volunteer Award, named for a dedicated chamber volunteer, was given to the chamber's summer intern Joe Beckner, a student at Western Carolina University.
The Event of the Year award, which was voted on by members, went to WNC BBQ Festival, but it only won by one vote. The runner up was PlottFest.
Jelly Bellies Mountain Gift Shop received the Business of the Year award.
June Johnson, the organizer of the Maggie Valley community gardens, received the Spirit of Maggie award.
The Wade Reece Visionary Award was given to Maggie Valley Town Clerk Vickie Best. Smith said Best was the person everyone went to when they wanted to know about the history of the town or even the future of the town. Mayor Ron DeSimone accepted the award for Best, who couldn't be at the dinner.
DeSimone also inducted new chamber board members Lyndon Lowe, Myra Glover and Vickie Best.