By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – The Crossroads Arena has planned a full schedule through the end of the year, and on Thursday the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau approved $105,761 to support the scheduled productions.
Beginning with the Crossroads Music Festival on Saturday, the schedule includes Jamey Johnson on Aug. 15; Don Williams on Oct. 11 and Casting Crowns on Oct. 26. Expect another major announcement over the weekend as well, said Arena general manager Tammy Genovese.
The CVB Fiscal Year 2013 budget included $250,000 set aside for events at the Arena.
Based on submitted budget requests so far the arena is expected to have about $20,000 of that amount remaining at the end of the fiscal year. Genovese said she expects to requisition those funds for promotion of events scheduled for the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
The CVB board also discussed the fate of the Grand Illumination this year.
In past years the event has been co-sponsored by the National Park Service through the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center and the CVB. However, at last week’s meeting, Supervising Ranger Ashley Berry said National Park Service cuts resulting from sequestration prevent the agency from assisting this year.
CVB Executive Director Christy Burns will talk further with Main Street Corinth and Friends of the Siege and Battle of Corinth to see if either organization is willing to take the project as their responsibility, with some assistance from the CVB.