Although it deferred action until next month, the Paragould Advertising and Promotion Commission heard a grant application pitch for the annual Get Downtown Festival this week.
“This will be the 5th annual Get Downtown Festival,” said Shaelynn Nunn of the hosting Greene County Future Fund.
Information Nunn and Allison Hestand made available indicated the event would feature races of five and 10 kilometers on Saturday morning, Sept. 25, as well as a one-kilometer run for children “and four-legged friends.” But the main attraction is the entertainment the Fund hopes to book for the festival. According to the application package, acts the Future Fund hopes to book include:
The Crafton Brothers
The Band Tripp
The Arkansas Brothers
The Milwaukee Tool Band
Mustache The Band
Cory Jackson and Mary Beth Byrd
Music is expected to start at 11 a.m. and continue through to 10 p.m. Visitors to the downtown area, Nunn said, could also take advantage of shopping, restaurants and entertainment for children in Kids Alley.
“This is our plan, to talk to the Collins Theatre,” Nunn said, “to get them to do a history of Greene County.”
In addition, a Salsa competition and a barbecue cookoff are planned, along with Sand Volleyball and Cornhole tourneys.
The Festival is actually set to begin on Friday, Sept. 24 with a downtown block party during which those wishing to participate in the five- and 10-kilometer runs may register for those events. And Nunn said that on Sunday, Sept. 26, those staying the entire weekend can spend time in town to watch a movie, visit Crowley’s Ridge State Park, eat at a local restaurant or visit the Greene County Museum.
Nunn added that the event would partner with area lodging facilities to promote the idea of staying the night before the Sept. 25 event. Information in the application package indicated that guests at participating lodging facilities in town could mention the promotion code “GETDOWNTOWN” for special Friday and Saturday night pricing. The facilities are:
Super 8 Wyndham
Quality Inn and Suites
White House Bed and Breakfast
The total planned budget for the event is $50,200, of which the Future Fund is seeking $40,000 from the commission. The balance is to come from sponsorships the Future Fund seeks.
Of the total budget, $27,700 is to pay for the entertainment. Another $10,000 is to be used for advertising, $6,000 for the four stages expected to be used and $4,000 for activities. A total of $2,500 is to cover miscellaneous expenses.
The Future Fund estimated revenue brought into Paragould from the festival is in the neighborhood of $42,500.
“We will not make a decision tonight,” said commissioner Kimberly Dale acting chair in the absence of Jeremy Biggs. Instead, the commission will consider and decide on the request as well as any others it receives during the March 11 meeting.
The Greene County Future Fund had asked to present its request at the February meeting.