|Published: 9:48 AM, 10/21/2013
||Last updated: 9:49 AM, 10/21/2013
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
SWEETWATER-The third annual National
Muscadine Festival put on by the Sweetwater Merchants and Property
Owners Association was a big success not only drawing visitors to the
area, but by also helping SMPOA act on its stated goal.
That goal has been to help the city
build the train station-styled visitors center downtown. SMPOA
members agreed this morning to donate $10,000 to the city to go
toward the city's grant match needed to build the visitors center.
Plans are to present the check at the November City Commission
"We are at the point we can do that
now," SMPOA President Bryan Burchfield said.
As of now, it looks like the National
Muscadine Festival held last month alone clear at least $8,500 after
all is said and done.
SMPOA recently gave $2,000 to the city
for new Christmas lights and is plannning for the annual Nov. 30
Small Town Christmas held in downtown Sweetwater the Saturday evening after Thanksgiving. There has been some discussion of having a "Made
in USA" promotion again in November. Last year the city government,
SMPOA and numerous local merchants promoted their products made in
the United States, using special displays and an advertising
SMPOA is further planning to promote "Small Business Saturday," in Sweetwater, which is a nation event
held on Nov. 30.
SMPOA's full membership will not meet
until January when new officers will take office.
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