Corinth Area CVB looks ahead to sesquicentennial

Sesquicentennial plans may not be clear as yet, but the Corinth Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is exploring ways to mark the event by partnering with other communities.
This week, Kristy White, executive director of the Corinth Area CVB, and Ranger Ashley Berry of the National Park Service met with Tuscumbia, Ala., tourism officials to discuss possibilities.
“We’re still in the very early stages of discussions,” White said. “We’re looking at activities for April 2012, the second weekend of the month since Easter falls on the first weekend.”
The Grand Illumination sponsored by the National Park Service also is expected to give good advance publicity to forthcoming Civil War-related events.
It is scheduled for Nov. 6, and includes the lighting of 12,000 luminaries around the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center and Battery Robinett, as well as throughout downtown Corinth, to commemorate soldiers who died on both sides in the Siege and Battle of Corinth.
“We think hosting a number of travel writers and conducting a media tour during that time will bring a good amount of positive publicity,” White said.
Corinth also is partnering with Vicksburg for the Middle Tennessee Civil War Show and Sale in Franklin, Tenn., in December.
“We anticipate doing some special programs, and this is the largest Civil War show in the country,” White said.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.

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