Possum Festival receives grant from TDC

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 06:02 PM.

“We’re going to have a special workshop in May and we’re going to look at the grant funding process,” Council Member Ted Everett told Riley. “It may be that in the future, we just buy blocks of advertising, and when the time comes, we say, ‘okay, these are the radio stations we use, you get $1,000 worth of advertising.”

The council members voted to hold the special workshop on May 20 at Hard Labor Creek from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and to forego a May TDC meeting due to the Memorial Day holiday falling on the council’s regular meeting day.

Member Scott Sweeney said the festival planners should look at more inexpensive ways to advertise. “In the future, we see the TDC’s place to be to help publicize events and to work with the planners to help make events grow.”

Everett said the purpose of the TDC is not to support community events, but rather to attract visitors to the county, hopefully to stay in hotels and eat at local restaurants.

Lopez noted that the Sunshine State Pit Bull Terrier Competition, held on March 30 in Wausau, filled three hotels with visitors and drew 592 people to the event.

“They could have filled more, but those were the only hotels that accepted pets,” Lopez said. “She had to send the rest of the people to Marianna or Bonifay hotels.”

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