Support for summer programs wins praise

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September is the end of the season for the farmers market First Fridays in downtown Carrollton. To me it seems like the four months weren’t long enough this year. I think it’s because the events had more things going on and were more fun.

Not only that, but our membership increased on the Promotional Committee for downtown Carrollton. It used to be just Jeff Moore, Sam Burgess, Sharon Campbell and myself as members for many years. The business owners joined our meetings and we started to come more alive. It sure was nice to have help, and we welcomed new ideas to bring people to downtown Carrollton.

Some of our new promotions were very successful — from the poker dash run to the Honey Boo Boo look alike contest. The new ideas brought people to downtown businesses and the promotions increased the business owners’ sales.  Of course any day is a good day to shop local.

For those of you that don’t know, the Carrollton Main Street Program has a purpose: It is a non-profit organization governed by an 11-member board of directors. The program was created to establish a partnership between business owners, local and county government officials, residents, property owners, and community action groups dedicated to the revitalization of the central business district of Carrollton. We also have committees that help us fulfill our purpose: organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.

Before the promotional committee moves into fall, I would like to thank the people that helped bring RiverView Farmers Market First Fridays to town:  annual sponsors Earl Floyd Ford and Kentucky Utilities, Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism, First National Bank of Carrollton, The News-Democrat, Rusty Bennett and everyone from Revelant Church, the musicians, McNeal’s, Larry the Clown and Family Worship Center. Special thanks to Cody Brown.  Thanks to Carroll County Library, the entries for the photo contest, Jason and Robin Stephenson, Carroll County Board of Education, Backyard Bounce, County Kickers, Walmart, all business donations, Carrollton’s Hottest Dog entries, all the judges for all our contest, Kentucky Kruizers, car show entries and Carroll County Extension Service (Christin, Joyce, Grace and Rhonda).

Thanks to Ronnie Knight plus the City of Carrollton Public Works, Mike Humphrey and his crew and inmates, WKID K95.9 Froggy, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce for newsletter coverage, Sports Exchange, non-profit organizations, and to all the people who attended and shopped in downtown Carrollton.  This was our best season ever. Thank you all.

We will see you for Another Reason to be Thankful, A Christmas Carroll, and Visions of Sugar Plums.

Deborah Garrett

Promotions Committee

Carrollton Main Street Program