Milton Babb with the Greenville Chamber of Commerce says Rally Round Greenville has grown from an attendance of a few hundred to 8-10,000, and a budget of $600 to $52,000. Major musical performers this weekend include the Emerald City Band of Dallas playing for a street dance Friday night, the Rev. Horton Heat, James McMurtry and Great White.
The director of the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Milton Babb, says plans for the "Rally Around Greenville" event Sept. 19-21 are going forward as well as other tourism efforts, despite uncertainty surrounding the Greenville City Council's recent decision to take over tourism promotion from the Chamber of Commerce. Another event that is on the books is the Bob Wills Fiddling Festival and Contest, October 31-Nov. 2.
Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau director Milton Babb says the recent fund raiser at Landon's Winery for a public art project in downtown Greenville was a major success, raising more than $18,000, and ensuring that the project will go forward. It'll be located on the side of the Armstrong Appliance building on the southeast corner of the courthouse square. Also, construction of the new Splash Kingdom water park on Interstate 30 in Greenville has begun.
Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau director Milton Babb says the weekend of January 30-February 1 is a busy one for the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, with three concerts in three nights, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Friday night January 31. And the legendary Loretta Lynn will perform at GMA on Friday night, February 28. Also, Milton says the new Splash Kingdom water park is expected to attract around 80,000 visitors to Greenville this summer.