Congressman Steve Womack will serve as the keynote speaker for the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce’s second annual “Dishin’ Up Democracy” dinner on Oct. 20.

Presented by the chamber Governmental Affairs Committee, the nonpartisan event will give guests the opportunity to hear from public officials while enjoying great food, fun, and networking with other local leaders.

Womack was elected to represent Arkansas’s 3rd Congressional District in 2010 and sits on the House Appropriations Committee and the House Budget Committee. Prior to his election to Congress, Womack served as the mayor of Rogers for 12 years and in the Arkansas Army National Guard for more than years, retiring at the rank of colonel. He has been married to his wife, Terri, for more than 31 years, and they have three sons and two grandsons.

In addition to Womack, the boots and blue jeans-style dinner will welcome a number of other regional representatives and community leaders. Dishin’ will be reminiscent of an old-fashioned gathering, complete with live music and traditional favorites such as catfish, chicken and all the fixins’. This year’s Dishin’ Up Democracy is proudly presented by “Blue Ribbon” Sponsors AT&T and Five Rivers Distribution.

As “the voice of business” for chamber membership, the Governmental Affairs Committee launched Dishin’ in 2015 as a way to connect lawmakers with their constituents in a casual setting. The event was met with great success and included legislators from the city, county and state levels.

Dishin’ will be held at the Farmer’s Cooperative Warehouse, located at 810 S. 28th St. in Van Buren, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $25 each and include dinner and drinks.

Four levels of sponsorship are available, ranging in price and marketing benefits. Tables for eight begin at $250. Each level includes seats at the dinner, as well as recognition in the event program, weekly chamber e-blast and other publicity.

To secure a spot at this year’s Dishin’ or for more information, contact Lindsey Brown at (479) 474-2761.