Corinth CVB, in budget battle, hosts tourism groups

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – As the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau/Tourism Council tries to defend its budget from decimation by the city and county officials who must approve it, the group is set to host two statewide tourism organizations the week of Oct. 1.
On Monday, a joint meeting of the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors and the Corinth Board of Aldermen is set for 9 a.m. at city hall to determine what the Corinth Area CVB’s FY 2013 budget will be.
They are expected to divert $250,000 from the agency’s $567,000 budget request to the Crossroads Arena and earmark $50,000 for other programs the CVB has sponsored in the past.
Employees of the 13 Mississippi State Welcome Centers will be in Corinth Oct. 1-5 and members of the Mississippi Legislative Tourism Committee will visit Oct. 4-5.
“Both groups visit different parts of the state twice a year, and it just happened that they are coming to Corinth at the same time,” said Kristy White, executive director of the Corinth Area CVB.
Alcorn County’s legislative delegation, including Reps. Nicholas Bain and Lester “Bubba” Carpenter, have been interested in having their committee come to Corinth for some time, and groups like the Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission were eager to have them visit as they seek additional funding for the Verandah House Museum restoration, White said.
On behalf of the Corinth Area CVB, White said she talked with the Mississippi Development Authority’s tourism director last year to express interest in hosting a visit of the Welcome Center staffs.
The groups will be in Corinth at a good time.
The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Corinth will be commemorated Oct. 3-4, and rangers from the National Park Service Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center will be conducting daily historical programs the week of Oct. 1.
The longstanding Hog Wild Barbecue Festival on Oct. 4-6, in its 22nd year, is a sanctioned international barbecue cooking contest pitting dozens of competitive cooking teams against each other, with live bands, food vendors and carnival rides thrown in.
The Corinth Area CVB also will sponsor its final Green Market of the regular season on Oct. 6, bringing vendors with home grown or homemade crafts from a 50-mile radius.
“Welcome Center folks haven’t been in Corinth for a while,” she said, “and each group was looking for a time when there would be things going on.”
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com