Alliance awarded tourism grant

By Matt Lasley -

The Leitchfield Tourism Commission presented a $600 grant to the Grayson County Alliance on Tuesday morning, June 28.

The grant will go toward the Grayson County Alliance’s inaugural Ducking Hunger Regatta, a new fundraiser which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day weekend) at Leitchfield Aquatic Center.

During the upcoming Freedom and Fiddling Festival (July 15-16), the Grayson County Alliance will begin accepting sponsorships for up to 2,000 inflatable ducks to be tossed into the Leitchfield Aquatic Center’s lazy river in a “race” to the finish.

The sponsor of the first duck that crosses the finish line will win $1,000, which was donated to the Grayson County Alliance for the event, according to Grayson County Alliance Food Pantry Director Debbie Childress.

Sponsorships will be $5 per duck or $20 for a duck and an event t-shirt. Businesses may also purchase a sponsorship for $50 and receive a sign for their businesses that states they support the Grayson County Alliance.

Funds raised from the sponsorships will benefit the Grayson County Alliance.

The Tourism Commission, during its regular meeting on Tuesday, heard the plans for the Ducking Hunger Regatta and agreed that the event will serve well to both raise awareness for the Grayson County Alliance and close out Leitchfield Aquatic Center’s 2016 season.

In other business:

*The Tourism Commission voted to split the cost of a 10’ x 40’ booth at the Kentucky State Fair with Grayson County Tourism and Leitchfield/Grayson County Industrial Development.

The booth will cost $2,000 to rent. Industrial Development will pay $800 of the rental fee, and Leitchfield and Grayson County Tourism will split the remaining $1,200.

*The Tourism Commission voted to purchase two wayfinder signs for American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park.

The signs will cost $450 each for set-up and installation and an additional $216 annually.

*The Tourism Commission voted to maintain the same officer slate for the 2016-2017 fiscal year as last year. The Tourism Commission officers are Chair Ryan Bratcher, Vice Chair Lindell Sharp, Secretary Angie Jones, and Treasurer Joyce Mudd.

*The City of Leitchfield 150th anniversary ornaments have been delivered and will be sold at the Centre on Main and during the Freedom and Fiddling Festival.

The city ordered approximately 250 of the ornaments.

*The Tourism Commission approved its Fiscal Year 2016-2017 operating budget.

By Matt Lasley

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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