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The CVB, Columbus Air Force Base, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the city are proud to present their annual Fireworks on the Water program on Friday, July 1 from 5-10 PM on the East bank of the Stennis Lock & Dam (the fireworks will be visible from the West side, as well). Come on out to enjoy the celebration, food, live entertainment, kids’ activities, and stay for the brilliant light show in the sky!
Courtesy of the Dispatch —
Events like this help people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and just have fun as a community. “It’s not just a community event,” CVB Executive Director Nancy Carpenter said. “It’s one that the entire region comes out to enjoy.”
The event will feature jumpers, face painting and other activities for children, along with glow sticks for purchase. The fireworks display should start about 9 p.m.
Carpenter said CVB is asking that people don’t bring their own coolers or pets.
“The initial reason behind it was the Visit Columbus Board of Directors wanted to do something special for the men and women at Columbus Air Force Base,” she said. “There’s no better time than our Independence Day to do that. This is a way we can say thank you by doing something special for them and their families.”
President’s Cup Soccer Tournament Brings in an Estimated Two Million Dollars
Courtesy of the Commercial Dispatch –
The tournament, which is the state’s largest, took place here in Columbus this past weekend, bringing with it about 120 teams from across the state, as well as more than six thousand loyal fans. Nancy Carpenter, executive director of the Columbus-Lowndes CVB, reports that the total economic impact on our area is around two million dollars. Hotels for miles around were booked solid, and many visitors reported that local restaurants went out of their way to provide superlative service.
Columbus also played host to the recent SLW bass fishing tournament, with approximately 300 fishermen on 147 boats, many of whom had been coming up to check out the local waters for weeks in order to prepare for the event.
“It’s been a huge, huge weekend,” Carpenter said.
Games were held a the Soccer Complex, as well as at Cook soccer field and Columbus High School soccer fields.
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The Mayor’s Eighth Annual Unity Picnic will be held Saturday at Columbus Riverwalk Park, after Catfish in the Alley, from 4 to 8 p.m. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. There will be hot dogs and catfish, as well as a live band, a DJ and jump castles for children. All food and events have been donated by local businesses, organizations, and individuals. There will also be a half-marathon beginning at 7 a.m., which takes runners alongside the Tombigbee River bed. A 5K begins at 8 a.m. and goes through Columbus’s historic neighborhoods. Catfish in the Alley begins at 10 a.m. on Fourth Street, where families can enjoy food and live music.
The Mayor’s Unity Picnic is sponsored by Mayor Robert Smith, the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority and the Columbus Visitors’ Bureau.
Remember to head on over to Downtown for Catfish in the Alley tomorrow! Awesome food, rockin’ music, and great company await!
You’ll be able to buy catfish, BBQ, and other wonderful edibles from vendors at the site.
FREE music lineup:
- Big Joe Shelton at 10 a.m.
- Terry “Harmonica” Bean, 11:30 a.m.
- Homemade Jamz at 1 p.m. and
- Kingfish at 2:30 p.m.
Call Visit Columbus, 662.329.1191 or 800.920.3533 for more details and ticket information.
The Spring Pilgrimage has begun! It will last from March 28 through April 9 of 2016.
The long-running celebration of local culture and Antebellum homes will include these activities and more:
- Historic home tours, some including actors in period dress
- Catfish in the Alley & Artisan’s Alley on Saturday, April 2
- Chanticleer male chorus concert on Sunday, April 3
- Collonade Garden Party on Saturday, April 9
- Tales From the Crypt cemetery tours and activities on March 30 and April 1, 4, 6, and 8
More info may be found here: http://visitcolumbusms.org/index.php/upcoming_events/info/626#top
Work has recently begun on the alley between Catfish Alley and the CVB. The project is anticipated to cost $200,000, and should be done by September; the City is paying $10,000 towards the costs, the CVB has paid another $30,000, and MDOT will cover the remainder via a grant. The plan is to allow the area to properly connect Main Street to College St & Catfish Alley, with lighting improvements, landscaping, and the like, as well as an expansion of retail and festival space.
A video is available at the link below, courtesy of WCBI:
The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau snagged a big one this week, hosting the state tourism association’s spring conference. It’s always good to have a few hundred high-energy PR type people in our area – especially when they are cheerleaders for our state. The group will get to see first-hand how strong downtown Columbus is, and the exponential growth we have seen in the Golden Triangle in general over the last ten years.
Kudos for the CVB for getting them here…I’m sure all of our local businesses are grateful.
The conference – which runs through today – is one of the largest gatherings of tourism professionals in the state; it will bring more than 200 attendees to the city, according to a press release.
Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter told The Dispatch Monday that she’s attempted for several years to convince the MTA to bring the conference here: “This is a tremendous opportunity,” she said. “We’ve worked hard to make sure the town looks great, and it always does…We’re very proud of our city and very supportive.” Carpenter also said that the group holds major conferences in the fall and in the spring in various cities statewide.
“We are thrilled to host our spring conference in Columbus, and we encourage tourism industry leaders and professionals from around the state to join us …We know that gathering as an industry is an excellent way to expand our knowledge and connect with fellow professionals in the industry.”
- Kappi Allen, MTA president and executive director of the Clarksdale Coahoma Tourism Bureau.
Carpenter commented that the conference provides a great way for new visitors, in particular, to learn more about Columbus, including international visitors.