Corinth Area CVB fields funding requests

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – In its third meeting as a newly appointed board of directors, the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau on Tuesday ratified some changes it believes will strengthen other local organizations while allowing them to promote tourism.
The board will meet again within a week for a vote on several funding requests.
A request approved Tuesday gives $5,000 to the Battle of Farmington re-enactment for its Oct. 10-13 event.
While the board has been in transition, several organizations which have received funding in the past had not submitted their requests at least seven days in advance, and board members voted to use the time to review the requests before taking a vote.
Among the events for which funding is pending is a request of $3,500 for the Crossroads Festival and Chili Cookoff, set for April 6, presented by organizer Steve Knight.
Since its inception in 2007, the event has grown to average about 40 cooking teams and has become the Mississippi State Championship event of the International Chili Society, Knight said. The designation qualifies winners in the three main categories to enter the world championships with a $25,000 prize pot at stake.
The CVB board voted to transfer the Green Market at the Corinth Depot, which was started as a tourism committee project, to the Crossroads Museum and to provide $3,000 as seed money. After the balance in the Green Market fund is determined, that amount also will be transferred to the Crossroads Museum for Green Market operations.
Also pending is a request from the Corinth Artist Guild Gallery for $850 for advertising, and a $500 request from the Wildlife Tasting Supper for event signage, both requests to be addressed at a special meeting within the week.

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