The Auburn Tourism Commission held its first meeting of the year Thursday, March 2 at Auburn City Hall to discuss the city’s upcoming events calendar. The commission is still interested in volunteers and those who would like to be a part of the commission mission to promote Auburn and all of the wonderful citizens who live there, as well as invite those from out of town.
“We are in need of volunteers who are interested in taking an active part in organizing and orchestrating the many events held in our community,” said Sarah Moore of the Commission. “It takes a large number of people to plan and put together festivals and community gatherings. The more people we have working, the less work each person has to do and the more appealing our events become.”
Rural tourism commissions are active in bringing in economic growth for a community, as well as supplying special events and activities for those who live there. Tourism also invites those who live out of the community to come in and see what is offered. Tourism can not only attract visitors, but also those who are looking for a place to live.
The commission kicked off its first meeting talking about annual events that will be returning to the city. They include:
The Bluegrass Festival- to be held May 12-13
A Car Cruise-In- to be held the first weekend in July
The popular Dog Days of Summer Festival- to be held Aug. 11-12 (this festival may also include a 5-K Glow Walk/Run)
“Last year was an experimental time for the Dog Days of Summer,” said Moore. The city replaced its long-running Auburn Autumn Days with Dog Days due to the decline in attendance because of neighboring events. “Last year’s Dog Days was a huge success,” said Moore. “We learned a few things and listened to what people liked and disliked about the event. We are now equipped with important knowledge from our first Dog Days to make this year’s event even better.”
There will still be loads of vendors, live entertainment, tons of activities for the kids, delicious food, and possibly a Cruise-In and 5-K Glow Walk/Run. There will be fun for the whole family.
“I am very pleased with the dedication of the tourism commission and all of the hard work they do,” said Auburn Mayor Mike Hughes. “Those who serve the commission are volunteering their time to promote our city. Those who do that from the kindness of their hearts show a real love for where they live and work.”
The commission invites each one interested in becoming involved in Auburn to come to a meeting and bring ideas.
“We look forward to seeing you and to working with you to make Auburn even better,” Moore said.
For more information about the Auburn Tourism Commission and a meeting schedule, contact Moore at 270-542-4149.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.