By Eugenia Jones
After being forced to cancel McCreary County’s annual fall
festival, McCrearyFest, last year due to COVID-19, McCreary
County Tourism is optimistic the festival can resume this year despite some lingering concerns regarding COVID-19 restrictions. Despite the uncertainty concerning future restrictions, the Tourism Commission is going ahead and planning this year’s Festival and related events. In addition to
the traditional parade in October, organizers are planning a
Mom Prom in May, Mud Bogs in July, Murder Mystery Dinner,
and two 5K runs.
During their last monthly meeting, Tourism Director Michelle Perry noted the collection of transient taxes in the amounts of $91.95 for February and $1,741.62 in January. She also informed tourism members of the Highland Telephone Cooperative Grant in the amount of $50,000. Perry said tourism would receive $15,000 for their State Fair exhibit (August 19-29) and to pay for the printing of County tourism brochures.
Perry attended her first KACVB meeting and shared details about the meeting.
“The meeting was great,” Perry reported. “It was especially helpful in making connections with other tourism directors from surrounding counties.”
McCreary County tourism will have a booth set up at the Big South Fork River and Recreation Area’s annual Spring Planting and Music Festival at the Oscar Blevins home place in Tennessee.
Tourism elected new officers with Jessie Kidd remaining as chairperson, Kristina Mcfeeters as vice-chair, and Mehg Marshall as treasurer.
The McCreary County Tourism Commission meets regularly on the third Thursday of each month at the McCreary County Tourism Office.