One of Mississippi’s most unique festivals and Alcorn County’s biggest event of the year is getting a financial boost from Visit Corinth.
The Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors voted Tuesday to award Main Street Corinth $20,000 to help fund the 35th Annual Slugburger Festival which will be held Thursday – Saturday, July 7-9 in historic downtown Corinth.
The amount was the figure requested and matches what Visit Corinth gave the festival last year.
The festival is a fundraiser for Main Street to help improve and support downtown Corinth, Main Street Corinth Director Angela Avent wrote to the tourism board in the fundraising request.
“Main Street uses the money raised from the Slugburger Festival to carry out our scope of work in downtown,” stated Avent. “This year we made great progress in landscaping downtown, which was much needed.”
“We planted all new plants, added pots to the bulb-outs and we were able to completely rework the irrigation system on Fillmore Street that had not been working for several years,” she wrote.
Visit Corinth Executive Director Christy Burns and other tourism board members acknowledged the many improvements.
There is much in store for this year’s festival, as Corinth-based music promoter Tim Warren is securing entertainment from a 100-mile radius of Corinth, she shared.
Slug Voice competition returns on Friday night to highlight two nights of shows, while the popular Slugburger Festival Car Show and Cruise-In which started last year with 100 entries will return this year to court square on Saturday.
The carnival returns this year for three nights of fun for the entire family.
New this year will be a Slug Vendor Market around court square to complement the cruise-in, she shared.
“With your help we are able to host the festival pridefully,” wrote Avent. “This festival draws visitors far and wide, which helps our merchants and restaurants. Everyone looks forward to Slugburger weekend as it is a very busy and profitable weekend for all.”
Burns gave tourism board members an update on the plans to turn a portion of the Trailhead Park parking lot into an outdoor entertaining venue and dining area.
The city recently approved closing half of the parking area as outdoor Astro Turf will be installed and picnic tables added.
“I think it’s going to be a great space,” she said, as eight-foot, treated lumber picnic tables have been ordered.
Concrete cornhole boards will also be installed in the area, she said.
Main Street Corinth has approved $5,000 to be spent on the project, noted Burns.
In other business, National Park Service Supervisory Ranger Ashley Berry with the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center gave an update on programs at the center, Corinth Contraband Camp and Shiloh National Military Park.
A firm date has been set for the National Park Service Grand Illumination which returns this year on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Burns noted the event with luminaries at the center, camp and in downtown Corinth will be in conjunction with downtown business open houses.
The next tourism board meeting will be at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21.