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Tourism OKs $12K for festival

by L.A. Story
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This year marks the 30th annual Slugburger Festival and the fifth year the Major League Eaters will come to compete in the popular festival that has been in the past a Top 5 "wackiest" festival.
This year marks the 30th annual Slugburger Festival and the fifth year the Major League Eaters will come to compete in the popular festival that has been in the past a Top 5 "wackiest" festival.
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Let the eating contest begin ... by the professional eaters, that is.

The Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Tourism Board of Directors approved $12,000 in funding requested by Sara Beth Green on behalf of Main Street Corinth for the 30th annual Slugburger Festival.

During her presentation at the CACVB during the board’s monthly meeting, Main Street Corinth Board President Sara Beth Green pointed out the funds were specifically to cover costs for the Major League Eating (MLE) to return to Corinth for the fifth year.

“Basically, this is to have the Major Leaguers come. This covers the prize money and everything that comes with them,” said Green.

CACVB Executive Director Christy Burns later confirmed having the Major Leaguers come to Corinth is a huge source of publicity all on its own. From a tourism perspective as an MLE competition forum, Corinth as a city has been mentioned on ESPN, and on the Today Show as one of the top five “wackiest” festivals and other media associated with the professional eaters, and they could not normally get this kind of publicity.

Several board members agreed the amount of publicity provided was worth the amount requested.

Also appearing before the CACVB board Friday morning, Sandy Williams provided some well-researched input as suggestions for items that will improve tourism in the area.

Among the items he mentioned, were historic marker restoration and maintenance or additions of interpretive signage; maps and tours and promotion and maintenance of hiking and biking trails.

He also suggested the use of Corinth’s 163 years of railroading history be promoted and also provided ideas to work toward that goal.

During his comments, Williams said, “No one is questioning the efforts of tourism, the National Park Service or community volunteers. The proof is in the pudding in that the tourism tax continues to increase. However, there are greater opportunities that we feel could be achieved by having someone to facilitate these and other initiatives.”

Williams supplemented his suggestions with resources and other documentation.

After the presentation, the board discussed a few items briefly as some are being addressed in plans currently in place, but they would research the suggestions for consideration by the board.

In other CACVB business:

Details on the Shiloh Kiosk are being finalized with specific touch-screen choices being set.

The July Concert in the Park plans are still being decided.

The director said Berkeley Young of Young Strategies would be coming for a visit to Corinth.

Burns reminded the board of the upcoming Naturalization Ceremony on April 13 at the Coliseum Civic Center.

The director provided a personal experience on the recent Corinth Symphony Orchestra Concert, confirming a packed house. She said the singer was “wonderful” and the “orchestra was amazing.”

The director provided board members with a detailed schedule through December 2017 of what is scheduled at Crossroads Regional Park and the Crossroads Arena at this time.

Burns provided a report of her work at Travel South, where she said they had 40 important appointments with opportunities to promote Corinth.

The next board meeting was scheduled for 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18.
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