No, it’s not Kermet the Frog

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

This year the Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce was looking for a different venue rather than have a serious type speaker give the keynote address.

The 47th annual banquet will be on a Saturday this year rather than on a week day as its been in the past.

This way they can have entertainment, provided by the Raging Dragon DJ, from Choteau, following the banquet.

The dinner is being catered by Big Ox Barbecue. The menu will be salad and dinner roll, sirloin beef with brown gravy, green beans, rustic mashed potatoes and assorted cheese cakes.

Ed’s Tavern will be serving a variety of beverages during the evening.

The theme for the evening is It’s (Pretty Much) All Black and White.

Nationally known comedian Kermet Apio will tune up the audience.

He was born and raised in Honolulu where he spent his time watching TV, playing, and procrastinating everything else. And to this day, he claims he still does all three extensively. “I really enjoyed my childhood in paradise,”

After graduating from high school Apio moved to Seattle to attend the University Of Washington.

Eventually, Seattle became his home.

In 1989, he did his first ‘open mike’ night at the Comedy/Underground in Seattle.

“At first he notes,” he said, “comedy was a fun hobby.” In May of 1990, he quit his day job, said goodbye to health care benefits, and took a leap into performing full-time. Today, comedy is still his only job skill.

Apio was the winner of the 2009 Great American comedy Festival and has had numerous appearances on TV and radio.

He has showcased at comedy festivals in Aspen, Las Vegas and Vancouver and has performed in 47 states and three Canadian provinces.

He is also a past winner of the Seattle Comedy Competition and was a semi-finalist in the San Francisco Comedy Competition.

Also, in 1988 he was Dishwasher of the Month at the Sea-Tac Airport Denny’s.

Coveted CofC awards, The Unsung Hero, Business Leader, the Clydesdale award and Outstanding board member will still be presented.

To purchase tickets, see Melinda Russett, CofC executive secretary, at the Chamber office 7 – 6th Ave. SW or call her at 271-7791.

There are also raffle tickets being sold for $1,000 and $500 cash prizes. The tickets are going for $20 each and can be bought at the CofC office or a board member.

Banquet tickets or more information can be obtained from Joel Farkell CofC President, Gerald Miller 1st VP, Mary Erickson 2nd VP, Darin Stanley, Carole Jones, Joan Jensen, Katie Missik, Bev Widhalm, Cindie Vandenberg, Ken Larson, Mike Lytle or Barbie Killion.