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Tourism board issues four grants
by Steve Beavers
Aug 21, 2013 | 87 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau voted to keep its current board officers while agreeing to four funding requests during its regular meeting.

Current officers Russell Smith, president; Pauline Sorrell, vice president; and Sandy Mitchell, treasurer; were all re-elected to their positions for the next fiscal year.

Members of the seven-person board agreed to almost $5,000 in funding requests on Tuesday. The board gave $1,000 to the Magnolia Car Club to advertise its annual car show scheduled for the same weekend as the annual Hog Wild Festival in October.

“We are the oldest car club in the state,” said the club’s Rick Kelley. “During the show, we pull cars in from Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi and usually have around 130 cars.”

The 72-member club is set to dedicate proceeds to the Lighthouse Foundation.

“At the beginning of the year we start with very little money because we put it back in the community,” added Kelley.

Main Street Corinth received $3,000 of a $5,000 request for the Hog Wild Festival.

“We want to expand who we target this year,” Main Street Director Taylor Coombs told the board.

Coombs also said organizers are bringing back the Backyard Cookers division this year.

“We don’t have all the details worked out, but it will be back this year,” she said.

The director passed along thanks to the board for its funding of the Slugburger Eating Contest which featured several Major League Eaters.

“Because of the funding we were able to advertise a lot more,” she said. “It was a great atmosphere and was named the number two eating contest by MLE.”

According to Coombs, 1,400 attended the eating contest at the depot.

The Crossroads Poetry Project garnered $750 for an event it is set to have at the Contraband Camp on Nov. 2.

“We just begun our sixth season and are wanting to pull people in,” said Autry Davis with the club. “We are growing every year.”

The Corinth Rotary Club is set to receive $1,000 for its 5th Annual Austin’s Shoes Run with Rotary 5K on Oct. 5.

Rotary’s 3.1-mile run through downtown Corinth raises money for the club’s numerous projects.

The next meeting of the board is set for Thursday, Sept. 26, at 8 a.m.
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