All five funding requests that went before the Magnolia Advertising and Promotion Commission on Monday were approved in full.
Receiving money from the city’s sales tax on hotel rooms were the following:
-- Magnolia Blossom Festival, $10,000. The festival got $7,000 to advertise the event in local and regional news media, and $3,000 toward the cost of hiring bands. The festival is May 15-16.
-- Magnolia High School Spring Break Baseball Tournament, $1,950. The tournament got $1,100 for baseballs, $250 for trophies and awards, and $600 to offset field maintenance costs. The tournament is March 26-28. Invited teams include Magnolia, Camden Fairview, El Dorado, Taylor, Parker’s Chapel, West Memphis, Wynne, Genoa Central, Ashdown and Warren.
-- Rodfathers Annual Dustin Bettis Memorial Car & Truck Show, $1,300. The money includes $300 for concessions, $300 for raffle items, $300 for door prizes, $225 for printing and $175 for trophies. The event is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25 in the Immanuel Baptist Church parking lot.
-- Southern Arkansas University Mulerider Relays, $3,000. The money will cover the costs of a professional timer, other meet officials and trophies. The event will be February 28-29 and will include both high school and college divisions.
-- Sparks in the Park, $7,550. Money will include $3,500 for fireworks, $2,000 for a band, $500 for advertising, $300 for a jump house, $600 for glow necklaces and $650 for a sound system. The event will be at East Side Park on the evening of Friday, July 3.
Commission Chairman Samantha Roberson said that local hotels are already receiving reservations for the Spring Break Tournament and Mulerider Relays.
The Mulerider Relays is a new event, and is separate from the Dan Veach Invitational Track and Field collegiate meet that will be hosted by SAU on March 27-28.
Commissioners praised last year’s Sparks in the Park for being one of the longer fireworks shows in recent history. The show combined the fireworks normally purchased for the show, plus the fireworks from a rained-out show that had been set for the Magnolia Blossom Festival.
Micky Mitchell, executive director of the Magnolia-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, said the fireworks purchase request is being made now in order to receive a discount for the early purchase of fireworks for the July 3 show.
Kelli Souter and Jamie Waller joined the commission as the two new appointees representing the Magnolia City Council. Member Annette Pate and Roberson also attended.
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