City preps for Fall Movie Series

By Matt Lasley -

The Leitchfield Tourism Commission has begun planning its 2016 Fall Movie Series.

During the regularly scheduled Tuesday, July 26 Tourism Commission meeting, Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson said she has already reached out to Grayson County High School DECA about returning to run the outdoor movie nights and sell concessions, and the club has expressed interest in doing so.

In 2015, the City of Leitchfield screened movies free to the public outdoors on Friday nights, but Johnson recommends moving the movie nights from Friday to Saturday evenings this year.

Additionally, Johnson is recommending that, instead of screening two movies in one night, the city play one movie per night, possibly every other Saturday.

The location of this year’s movie nights is still in question—2015 saw films screened in a number of locations, including the ball field behind Grayson County Middle School and the Centre on Main parking lot—but the 2016 Fall Movie Series is expected to begin in September or October, per DECA’s request.

Leitchfield Tourism will continue to fund the cost of showing the movies, according to Johnson.

The Grayson County News-Gazette will provide updates on the status of the Fall Movie Series as they are made available.

In other business:

*Johnson said the 2016 Freedom & Fiddling Festival—which included the annual Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship—was, overall, “a success;” however, attendance was down in all areas on Saturday.

“We need to know why it’s down,” said Tourism Commission Chair Ryan Bratcher.

Johnson said she would meet with Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship officials to garner feedback on this topic.

*Johnson said Leitchfield Aquatic Center is currently over budget on concession sales, and, thus far, this season has seen around 700 attendees per day, not including season pass holders.

Additionally, Johnson said that, after Grayson County Schools’ 2016-2017 school year begins, Leitchfield Aquatic Center will be open only on weekends until it closes for the season.

*Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason said all of the American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park pavers that have been delivered have been placed in the park.

Pavers are still being sold, and, Thomason said, the next round of pavers will be placed in October.

*The Tourism Commission voted to allow Leitchfield Tourism to utilize an unpaid intern.

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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