Project Welcome Mat Encourages Businesses to Greet Fiddlers Jamboree Visitors

June 16, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

The 48th annual Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree and Crafts Festival is coming Friday and Saturday, July 5 & 6 and the Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce invites all county businesses to again use their changeable signs or marquees to post welcome greetings for our Jamboree visitors.

“This marks the 19th year for the Chamber’s “Project Welcome Mat”, said Suzanne Williams, Executive Director of the Chamber. “With thousands of visitors coming into town, every effort should be made by the local merchants to show our guests that we appreciate them and welcome their business.

The program has been successful over the past years with many businesses participating. Let’s keep on showing folks how friendly the DeKalb County / Smithville area can be!,” she continued.

All businesses may participate in “Project Welcome Mat.” The wording may be only a simple “Welcome to the Jamboree” or as elaborate as you choose. There will be recognition awards in 3 categories: “Best Worded,” “Most Original” and the “People’s Choice Award.” Plaques will be presented to winners along with media recognition.

If your business would like to participate in the contest, email the Chamber at or call 615-597-4163. Wording should be in place no later than Wednesday, June 19, 2019.