Story + Photography by Tony Centonze
Hundreds gathered recently at the Silo Event Center in Hopkinsville, Kentucky for the annual Compass Awards hosted by the Christian County Chamber of Commerce.
“We are having our annual Compass awards, originally called the Small Business Awards," said Christian County Chamber's Kristie Darnall. “We re-branded the event, but our goal is the same--to embrace the small businesses that are directing our community.”
Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception followed by dinner and the awards presentation.
“We expected 250 people at the Chamber Awards event for dinner, which was presented by Fire & Ice Catering,” Darnall said. “We presented about 15 awards in a wide range of categories from Agriculture to Horizon (a business that has been open for less than 3 years) to Century, which recognizes businesses that have been operating for more than 100 years.
“We have categories for health and wellness and many others. The awards have changed over the years as the community has grown and changed. We're really excited to have these great businesses in our community. There is a really impressive list of winners this year, and we are so happy to have all of them here in Christian County.”