CORINTH – Years of experience working with the kinds of projects that are the bread and butter of Mississippi Main Street programs has allowed Kelly Rinehart to plunge right into her first event as the new executive director of Main Street Corinth.
Rinehart picked up the reins just a month before one of Corinth’s main summer events, the 22nd annual Slugburger Festival to be held 6 p.m. to midnight July 9-11.
“I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about our volunteers since I’ve been on board, and they’re working very hard to get everything ready,” Rinehart said.
The 32-year-old Vaiden native gained much of her event organizing experience as an employee of Mississippi State University after earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees there.
Most recently she worked as an art director in Hancock Fabric’s marketing department at the corporate offices in Baldwyn.
After organizing or “having a hand in” just about every student-driven event on the MSU campus, to communitywide events in Starkville, Rinehart enjoyed all aspects of event production and wanted a chance to work in that field again.
“I’ve been living in Corinth but commuting to Baldwyn every day, so I was looking for a way to connect with this community, also,” she said.
Working with the dozens of volunteers who staff the many Main Street events throughout the year will give her ample opportunity to do that.
The annual Main Street Corinth calendar includes the Arts amp& Crafts Festival in May, the Slugburger Festival in July, the Hog Wild Barbecue Festival in late September or early October, Celebrate Corinth in November and the annual Christmas Parade in December.
Rinehart replaces Shirley McClamroch, who served as director for less than a year. After McClamroch suffered a severe fracture during a fall at Hog Wild last year, she decided to go back into retirement.
Rinehart and the Main Street board have established some additional goals and priorities.
“We want to work with downtown merchants more to support them and promote downtown,” she said.
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