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First Citizen to be named Saturday

The Keizer Chamber of Commerce is getting geared up for a party Saturday, Jan. 20.

Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming First Citizen & Awards Banquet sponsored by the Keizer Chamber of Commerce. Ticket cost is $55 for individuals. The night begins at 6 p.m.

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In addition to naming the city’s new First Citizen, awards are presented for Merchant of the Year, Service to Education and a President’s Award goes to a person selected by the outgoing president of the Chamber board of directors.

The Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road N.E., will host the event.

Keizer Fire Chief Jeff Cowan will emcee the festivities. The McNary High School jazz band and the Whiteaker K-Town Sound choir will provide music.

In 2017, Jim Trett was honored as the Keizer First Citizen, Bob Shackelford was named Merchant of the Year, longtime Keizer coach Larry Smith was picked for the Service to Education Award and Dave Walery received the President’s Award.