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COURTESY PHOTOS/Muleshoe Chamber

Brittany Pendley, Muleshoe Chamber Manager

Muleshoe Chamber of Commerce headquarters at 115 E American Blvd. 

Muleshoe’s beloved Pete the Mule

On Feb. 1, Brittany Pendley was named manager for the Muleshoe Chamber of Commerce.

Pendley and her husband grew up in Dumas, Texas. Eight years ago, the couple moved with their son Noah, now 13, to Muleshoe. Her husband works at Southwest Cheese in Clovis. Pendley is a hairstylist at Wild Prairie Studio, where she works two days a week. A hairstylist for around 17 years, Pendley formerly owned her own salon, where she also taught yoga.

Since moving to Muleshoe, Pendley has been involved with the life of the community, sitting on several different boards and committees in town. She recently served on the Muleshoe Chamber Board of Directors, resigning to be available for the Chamber manager position.

The Chamber recently announced on Facebook that the 2022 Muleshoe Chamber Banquet is set for Saturday, May 21, at The Desert Rose.

“We’ve decided not to commission a speaker this year,” Pendley said. “I’ve spoken with the John Villalba, director of the board, about changes we’re working to make. We decided that people wanted just to visit and relax with a band for entertainment, a dance and the awards ceremony.”

The Chamber will probably open up awards nominations sometime during the month of March. Last year’s award winners will choose the winners from among nominees.

The Muleshoe Chamber of Commerce Mission Statement is: “Fostering community and business retention through the promotion of economic, civic, social and cultural programs.”

“Chamber membership is a great opportunity to support your community, your businesses and other businesses,” Pendley said. “If one business in Muleshoe is hurting, everyone feels it. We’re here to help our community and our businesses, here to work for them. I want to do anything I can to help businesses.

“It’s such a great small town. We have great people, and we want to brag on them.”

Following the banquet, the next big event on the Chamber’s calendar is the annual Fourth of July celebration.

“We have some great ideas, and we’re working to get it going. We want people to want to stay in Muleshoe; we want to bring people in to Muleshoe to enjoy it with us,” Findley sad.

Some of the Muleshoe attractions Findley mentioned are the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge, Pete the Mule and the Muleshoe Heritage Center. Muleshoe is also less than two hours away from Caprock Canyons State Park and Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

Souvenir items can be purchased at the Chamber building at 115 E. American Blvd. including CDs by Curtis Shelburne, books by Alice Liles, T-shirts, hats, tumblers, mugs and postcards. Pamphlets about the surrounding area are also available.

“We’re about to put some of it on sale,” Findley said. “Fourth of July stuff is coming out pretty quick.”

Chamber hours are from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You can call them at 806-272-4248 or 806-477-9649. You can also find the Muleshoe Chamber on Facebook or visit their website at muleshoechamber.com.

Gail M. Williams

Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

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