Garden City events get CVB booster shot

2/6/2014

Garden City events get CVB booster shot

Garden City events get CVB booster shot

By SCOTT AUST

saust@gctelegram.com

The Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau approved a new round of grants during its Wednesday board meeting, awarding $78,298 to 17 applicants.

The Golf Club at Southwind received $5,000 total, with $3,000 of the award dedicated for marketing, for two events: a Rock'n on the Range concert in April or May, and a Battle of the Bands for Rock'n on the Range on March 29. Southwind requested a total of $17,000 combined and were eligible for a maximum of $12,750 according to their grant score, a system the CVB uses to grade applications. Board members were reluctant to grant more to a one-day event that might not result in many overnight hotel stays.

Outlaw Promotions received $10,000 for a two-day Wrecking Brawl Weekend event May 2 and 3, the full amount requested.

After discussion of four applications for events going on the same weekend as Fall Fest, the board awarded grants to each, but added another $6,000 to pay for marketing all four events together.

Fall Fest, which was granted $2,000 last year, received $3,500 out of $7,700 requested; Sandhill Art Association received $2,000 out of $4,500 requested for Art in the Park; Finney County Preservation Alliance, which received $5,000 a year ago for the Razing the Roof benefit concert for the Windsor Hotel, was awarded $5,000 out of $10,000 requested; and a new event, Old Time Cookin' proposed by the Finney County Historical Society, received $1,025 as requested.

All four events are Sept. 20.

Garden City Rodeo Club received $7,500, the same amount as last year, for the Kansas High and Junior High School rodeo scheduled for Sept. 27 and 28.

Beef Empire Days Cutting Horse Association received $2,000, the same as last year, for the Beef Empire Fall Futurity Cutting event on Oct. 24 through 26.

Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo received $3,000 for Boo! at the Zoo on Oct. 18, an increase over last year's $1,600.

Downtown Vision received $1,320 for the Banner Art Auction in November, less than the $4,200 requested but the same amount as last year.

The Garden City Recreation Commission Futsol Cup tournament received $2,200 for the Nov. 1 and 2 event, out of $3,000 requested. Last year, the event received a $1,500 grant.

The Garden City Airport Raceway Club requested $10,000 for the fourth annual Fallen Racers Memorial Race in September or October and were awarded $5,000 for the event and $2,500 specifically for marketing. Last year, the event received $7,500.

Garden City Family YMCA received $10,000 for the Tier 1 Turkey Shootout racquetball tournament in November or December, the full amount requested and the same amount as received last year.

Garden City High School received $5,000, the full amount requested, for the 2014 Clarion inn Southwest Basketball Classic Dec. 11 through 13.

Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo received $2,750 of $3,000 requested for a new event, Tails in Tinseltown, scheduled for Dec. 13 at the zoo.

For the second annual Buster Shootout at Garden City Community College, the board awarded $7,500 to the event and will provide $2,500 worth of marketing for the three-day basketball tournament in November or December. GCCC requested $10,000.

CVB board members Kathy Sexson, John Washington, Amro Samy and Chad Knight abstained from voting on grants awarded to events with which they were affiliated.

In other business, the CVB board voted to keep the same officers for the next year. Samy, chair; Kathryn Askren, vice-chair; and Washington, treasurer.

After having some occasional trouble finding quorums on Thursdays, the board also decided to schedule its monthly meetings at 1:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month, starting in March. Board meetings are open to the public.

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