Organizers of the Grand Illumination are seeking volunteers to help bring the event back for its first run following a four-year break.
The Grand Illumination, a showplace event for local and history and businesses, returns Nov. 5. It involves placing 12,000 brightly-lit “luminaries” around Corinth, at the site of Battery Robinett at the Civil War Interpretive Center and along a path that will highlight Corinth’s antebellum homes, Contraband Camp, the historic railroad crossing and the downtown business district.
Approximately 11,200 of the luminaries have already been constructed by local volunteers, according to a presentation by Grand Illumination committee member and Corinth Tourism Director Christy Burns at the meeting of the tourism board on Tuesday.
Burns praised the work done by community volunteers in quickly assembling the luminaries.
“We got them almost all done really fast,” she said. “One Friday here we had 2,500. The next weekend we were almost finished. We want to give a big thanks to the community. We had a lot of help from the Boy Scouts and students from city schools who earned community service awards, as well as various members of the community.”
She also expressed the committee’s gratitude to Corinth businessman Trey Albright for donating the warehouse space for the luminary assembly.
Although the majority of the work is complete in the assembly stage, help is still needed in putting out the luminaries on the day of the event.
Burns also reported that interest in the event is high on social media. An online sweepstakes giveaway on social media targeted to prospective visitors within driving distance of Corinth has received 1,400 leads in the 10 days it has been up.
The Grand Illumination has been named a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society over the years. It is the lighting of 12,000 luminaries in memory of soldiers from both sides of the conflict who died in Corinth in April of 1862 during the Siege of Corinth and in October 1862 during the Battle of Corinth.
(To help out with the Grand Illumination luminaries contact Christy Burns at 662-287-8300.)