Keene Chamber of Commerce  
Keene at a Glance

Keene offers visitors and residents the charm and warm hospitality of small-town life at its best combined with easily available modern conveniences and amenities. Located 30 minutes south of Fort Worth, Keene has it all: a mild four-season climate, recreational opportunities, a large University, award-winning schools, myriad of cultural and social activities, affordable cost-of-living, and a thriving and prosperous business community.

The Keene Chamber of Commerce has been serving Keene since 1993. We strive to partner with local businesses, government and education to support a favorable economic environment. The Chamber represents business, organization, and individual members who depend on the Chamber for member services including networking events, community and business development, ribbon cuttings, growth opportunity reports, economic data gathering, business referrals, business seminars, relocation packets, and being an advocate with governmental and regulatory bodies. These are among the many services we provide to our members.

The Keene Chamber's objective is to provide a platform from which our members can enhance their business or organization through networking and programs designed to improve their bottom-line and to make available the tools necessary to excel as the economy improves. Our mandate is to pursue opportunities in the areas of retail development and education. We will work diligently to ensure that our local economy is strong and vibrant.

History of Keene
Educational Institutions
  • Keene Adventist Elementary School
  • Keene Elementary School
  • Keene Junior High school
  • Wanda R. Smith High School
  • Chisolm Trail Academy
  • Southwestern Adventist University.
Governmental Offices
Things to Do


  • The Elisa Carver Park is located in the heart of Keene and includes softball, soccer and tee ball fields, volleyball and basketball courts, a three-quarters-of-a-mile walking trail, playground, and a picnic area, as well as a nine hole disc golf course.
Major Employers
Visitors Information
Dan Mertz wins top flight in Keene City Golf Championship

A local dentist drilled it in the fairway enough Sunday to pull out a win in the Championship Flight of the 4th annual Keene City Golf Championship at Hidden Creek Golf Course in Burleson.

Dan Mertz, of Mertz Family Dentistry in Keene, won the Championship Flight with a one-over-par 71, defeating two-time defending champ Ricky Stephens. The regular par 72 course became a par 70 when course administration shortened two par-4 holes because of standing water on the fairway due to recent rains.

Keene High School girls basketball coach John McFarlin won the Open Division with an 85, and Keene High School senior Brooke Hinerman won the Women's Division with an 88.

The tournament was open to players who currently reside in Keene, or are a current or former employee of an entity in Keene, or
 are a graduate or spouse of a graduate of Keene schools.

Trophies will be presented to the winning trio during the sold out 25th annual Keene Chamber of Commerce banquet Thursday night at the new Keene Community Center.

The 5th annual Keene City Championship will be Sunday Oct. 20, 2019.

Christmas Light Parade and Fireworks Show is Dec. 2

The 23rd annual Keene Christmas Light Parade and Fireworks Show will be 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in Keene.

Members of the Keene Business Development Corp. board are grand marshals, and longtime realtor John Read is the parade marshal.

Parade staging is at the Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium parking lot at Old Betsy Road and Magnolia Street on the campus of Southwestern Adventist University.

Anything with wheels or feet, adorned with Christmas lights and is consistent with the theme, “The Reason We Celebrate This Season,” is welcome to participate and needs only show up at the starting time.

Parade entry fee is two packages of dog food (preferably Purina) to be donated to the Keene Animal Shelter. The dog food should be turned in at the registration tent.

The fireworks show will immediately follow the parade. The show will be presented west of the Duck Pond at Callicott Student Park. The best place to view the fireworks is from the Leiske-Pultar parking lot or the embankment along Old Betsy Road between Magnolia and Campus Drive.

Parade entrants who want to be judged and be eligible for prizes should be at the parking lot by 5 p.m. Judging begins at 5:15 p.m.

All entrants should enter the gymnasium parking lot at the north entrance, not from Magnolia Street.

The parade route starts at the Leiske-Pultar parking lot and goes west on Magnolia to Old Betsy Road, south on Old Betsy to Hillcrest, west on Hillcrest to Oakwood, south on Oakwood to Fourth Street, east on Fourth to Old Betsy, and north on Old Betsy back to the Leiske-Pultar parking lot.

First place prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

• Best lighted vehicle

• Best lighted float

• Best animal entry

• Best business entry

• Best children’s entry

• Best Pathfinder Club

• Best Adventurer Club

• Best antique entry

• Most unique entry

One entry will be awarded Best Overall and well receive a trophy.

The Type B board voted to use sales tax revenue to fund the $2 million Keene Community Center at the new Keene Municipal Complex that also includes the City Council Chambers and offices of City Hall. The board was honored as Citizen of the Year at the recent Keene chamber annual banquet.

Read is a longtime resident of Keene who was professor of music at Southwestern Adventist University before starting a real estate career. He was presented the Pioneer Award at the Keene chamber’s annual banquet in October. 

The parade is presented by the Keene Chamber of Commerce.

In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather, the parade will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9.

For parade entry information, call the Keene chamber office at 817-556-2995.

Contact Us
Keene Chamber of Commerce
110 S. Old Betsy Road
Keene, Texas 76059
(817) 556-2995
Upcoming Events
Christmas Light Parade and Fireworks Show
November 06, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

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