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CVB Honors 2014

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Join the Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Yazoo) for the 2014 CVB Honors Awards!

Thursday, November 2o

Reception
6:00 PM

Awards Presentation
6:30 PM

“Tourism Pops”
Honoring the best and brightest in Yazoo County tourism in 2014!

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We’ll all be in for a fun evening as we explore tourism in Yazoo County, Mississippi, through photos of the year’s brightest people and events, awards for outstanding achievement, music, GREAT prizes, and more!

Food by Cafe 7

DJ by Stiff Entertainment

Delta’s Best Tourism

Shanitra Finley, Exec. Dir. of the Yazoo County CVB, and JoAnn and Paul Adams display their Delta Best Tourism Awards

Yazoo Brings Home Two Delta Best Awards

October 24, 2014 – Yazoo City, MS – Today, the Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Yazoo), and local business people Paul and JoAnn Adams, were each honored with an award from the Mississippi Delta Strategic Compact in Greenwood at Mississippi Valley State University for “Delta Best Tourism” 2014, in recognition of their “outstanding contributions for the betterment of the Mississippi Delta.” The Mississippi Delta Strategic Compact presented their 2014 Delta Best Awards today in the areas of Tourism, Education, Economic Development, and Healthcare at the 4th Annual Future of the Mississippi Delta Conference.

Paul and JoAnn Adams are Yazoo-area business owners who, among their other ventures, own and operate the Main Street Hotel, The No Smoking Smokehouse, and Main Street Market – all in downtown Yazoo City. Thanks in part to their hard work in restoring many of Main Street’s historic buildings and their fresh and colorful approach to the renovations in painting the buildings in bright colors, the Yazoo City downtown has seen a revitalization in recent years. The couple were honored in 2013 with an award from the Mississippi Tourism Association for Tourism Investment, along with several other awards the couple has received from organizations in the area for their hard work and dedication to Yazoo.

Earlier this year, the Yazoo County CVB was awarded “CVB of the Year” from the Mississippi Tourism Association for the third consecutive year. The non-profit organization, started in 1993, works to promote Yazoo County as a tourism destination, and offers grant and event sponsorship programs to encourage events and tourism development in their area. The CVB also presents the annual Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival each September, a Memphis Barbecue Network sanctioned event, bringing competition BBQ teams to the Delta from as far away as New Jersey.

The Mississippi Delta Strategic Compact (MDSC) is a not-for-profit organization comprised of a 36 member board with representation from each of the 18 counties that makes up the Mississippi Delta. Their mission is to galvanize regional unity, teamwork and collaboration on issues that will revitalize the Delta and improve the quality of life for all citizens. The MDSC’s “Delta Best Awards” recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations that have made outstanding contributions for the betterment of the Mississippi Delta in the areas of Education, Healthcare, Tourism and Economic Development.

For more information –

www.deltacompact.org

www.visityazoo.org

www.mainsthotel.com

 

What is there to do in Yazoo this weekend?

What is there to do in Yazoo this weekend?

Answer: TONS of family-friendly, exciting, educational, and entertaining things!  Check out our list of activities below, and come see us in Yazoo County, Mississippi. We’re colorful, authentic, and unique… just like YOU!

 

2014AntiqueDays_headerW.jpgAntique Days 2014

When: Saturday, October 25, from 8am to 5pm
Where: at the Triangle Cultural Center on historic Main Street in Yazoo City (Click Here for a Google Map of the location)
What: Celebrate authentic and traditional American ingenuity and take a look back at how much things have changed.
Admission: FREE ALL DAY!

FREE balloons and pumpkin painting for the kids
FREE live entertainment
FREE blacksmithing demonstrations
FREE entry into a prize drawing, and more!

Watch the bee hive display to see how bees make honey, check out the HUGE selection of Arts & Crafts vendors, get a taste of AND compete in the Kibbee Cookoff (the traditional Lebanese dish which tastes great no matter how you prefer to spell it), take part in the Kudzu 5K Run and Fun Run (registration required), watch antique engines do everything from grinding corn meal to making ice cream, and watch as fresh sugar cane is cooked into deliciously rich cane syrup (great for pouring over the hot biscuits that will be for sale)!

In only its second year in Yazoo, Antique Days has grown into a wonderful family-friendly event that you won’t want to miss. And, Saturday’s weather could not be more perfect.

 

2014 MISSISSIPPI UNITY IN GOSPEL PRAISE FESTw2014 Unity in Gospel Mississippi Praise Fest

When: Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 5pm
Where: at the New Zion Multi-Purpose Center, 630 East 12th Street, Yazoo City, Mississippi 39194 (Click Here for a Google Map of the location)
What: Hear Gospel singers, groups, and special guests, from as close as Yazoo City to as far away as South Carolina!
Admission: Advance Tickets: $15, At the Door: $20, Special VIP Front Row Seating : $40

2014 Stellar Award Winners, Doc McKenzie & the Hi-Lites of Lake City, SC, “The Doctor of Gospel Music,” will be the event’s special guests. Don’t miss the abundance of live gospel acts, including the Kaiser Singers of Yazoo City, this Sunday! Ticket information available at the following link: Unity in Gospel Mississippi Praise Fest

Of course, there’s always tons to do in Yazoo County with amazing fishing and hunting, our various historic sites, our Mississippi Blues Trail markers, and more. Learn about what there is to do in Yazoo County by browsing our website, or call us at 800-381-0662. See you soon in Yazoo!

 

What does Yazoo taste like?

Hines Grocery

“Taste of Yazoo” Fundraiser was a Huge Success

October 22, 2014 – Yazoo City, Miss. – The “Taste of Yazoo” fundraiser, coordinated by the Yazoo County Chamber of Commerce and the Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Yazoo), was a raging success. Nearly $800 was raised by the event to support the Chamber’s S.O.S. “Save Our Santa” Christmas decorations fundraising campaign. Patrons bought wristbands at a price of $15 each to become a V.I.P. on October 21 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm, earning them food samples from many of Yazoo County’s restaurants, access to exclusive sales at many Yazoo County retail locations, and the opportunity to win prizes in the form of two $250 Yazoo Gift Certificates.

Yazoo City residents Bob and Linda Coker took the opportunity to enjoy the evening out shopping, eating, and socializing. “The food was awesome all over town. You can’t beat the food and fellowship in Yazoo County,” said Linda. “It was so good to be able to experience the food from so many places at once. We were absolutely stuffed by the time we visited them all. It was a great way to support our community, and a great opportunity for visitors to get to see some of what Yazoo County has to offer.”

Whitney Hurt, Executive Director of the Chamber, remarked on the night’s success. “Tonight was so much fun. To see people enjoying themselves and each other’s company – just having a great time shopping and eating in Yazoo – reminded me why I do this. I was so glad to be able to partner with the CVB for ‘Taste of Yazoo’. We could not have done this without our organizations working together.”

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the participation of some of Yazoo County’s great business owners. Be sure to stop by these businesses to let them know you appreciate the time they spent supporting Yazoo through their donations of food, their hard work in keeping the doors open late, and their dedication to the community.

Stay updated on future events in Yazoo County by subscribing to the Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s e-newsletter or following the Visit Yazoo page on Facebook.

 

“Taste of Yazoo” Participants:

Cafe 7
Budman’s Geronimo (at Downtown Marketplace)
China Garden
Hall of Fame Restaurant
Hines Grocery
Meredith Ann’s
P-Reaux’s Cajun Mudbugs & Shrimp
Rose’s Downtown Bakery
Taste A Vision
Tom’s On Main

Participating Retail Locations:

Anderson’s Jewelry
Black and White Department Store
Bow Ties & Tutus Children’s Consignment Store
Downtown Marketplace
Ferguson Furniture
Good Hope General Merchandise
Main Street Market
No Smoking Smokehouse
Rose’s Downtown Bakery
Vintage Hair Salon and Gift Shop

 

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Yazoo County Brings Home Two Awards from State Conference

It’s a Three-Peat! Yazoo County CVB Wins 2014 CVB of the Year!

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Yazoo County, Miss. (October 3, 2014) – This week, the Mississippi Tourism Association, in cooperation with the Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division, presented a host of awards to tourism entities around the state during the 2014 Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

Yazoo County CVB and the Blue Front Cafe each were honored with an award from the Mississippi Tourism Association on Sept. 30, 2014, in Biloxi, MS.  Pictured: Board member Vanessa Conston, Chairman John Meeks, and Executive Director Shanitra Finley

Yazoo County CVB and the Blue Front Cafe each were honored with an award from the Mississippi Tourism Association on Sept. 30, 2014, in Biloxi, MS.
Pictured: Board member Vanessa Conston, Chairman John Meeks, and Executive Director Shanitra Finley

Yazoo County, Mississippi, again brought home two awards. Yazoo County CVB earned the CVB of the Year award for the 3rd consecutive year, and the Blue Front Cafe, owned and operated by local blues man Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, was recognized with the Tourism Achievement Award.

The CVB of the Year is recognized for outstanding efforts in promoting tourism in their area through events and activities that generate visitors. They are willing to work with surrounding tourism endeavors that not only promote their own but also other partners.

Alongside their community, the Yazoo County CVB celebrated Yazoo County’s tourism product, were profiled in major publications, grew their Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival, celebrated the 42nd anniversary Bentonia Blues Festival, created a virtual tour of Yazoo County using their hashtag #YazooBackroads, and earned an award in digital communications from Constant Contact for their e-mail newsletters.

Tourism Achievement Award is awarded to a tourism entity that continues to bring tourist to visits. It is not only a first time achiever, but attracts visitors after the initial introduction.

Documentaries, commercials, albums, television programs, and radio shows have been recorded inside and out of the Blue Front Cafe, a landmark establishment located in Bentonia, Yazoo County, Mississippi. It is instantly recognizable across the country and the world as the home of the real deal country blues. Blues man and owner of the Blue Front Cafe, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, was unable to attend the award ceremony. Shanitra Finley, Executive Director of the Yazoo County CVB, accepted the award on his behalf.

The Annual Mississippi Governor’s Conference on Tourism is the premier educational conference for tourism and hospitality leaders in the Mississippi Tourism Industry. This year , MTA welcomed the Bed & Breakfast Association of Mississippi to the Governor’s Conference in partnership.

The three day conference featured educational speakers and presenters and various networking opportunities. This year’s conference was held at the Beau Rivage on September 28-30, 2014. The conference attendees represented the various partners that make up the $629 million dollar a year tourism industry in Mississippi.

Yazoo County CVB of the Year 2014 Awards

Related Links:

From the Sun Herald -

Mississippi governor: It would take 42 Toyota plants to equal state’s tourism jobs

Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2014/09/30/5829800_mississippi-governor-it-would.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

 

Mississippi Tourism Association

http://mstourism.com/

 

Visit Mississippi

http://www.visitmississippi.org/

Find Out What’s New in Yazoo

Shop Yazoo County

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After-Hours Shopping Event in Yazoo County, Mississippi

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Beat the big-city crowds, and find one-of-a-kind treasures that are sure to delight you. This Shop Yazoo event, August 19th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, offers a preview of the newest merchandise for Fall! Win up to $250 in “Yazoo Bucks” in the Shop Crawl!!

Download your Shop Crawl Gamepiece Here!

Participating stores:

Anderson’s Jewelry
Black and White Dept. Store
Bow Ties and Tutus
Downtown Marketplace
Ferguson’s Furniture
Good Hope General Merchandise
Rose’s Downtown Bakery
Simple Girls Boutique & Gift Shop. too!

 

Sponsored by the

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Yazoo County Chamber of Commerce

Revive Yazoo

Don’t miss

Revive Yazoo

Monday, July 7 – Friday, July 11
at 7:00pm

Featuring:
Bishop Edward Duku
of Butterworth, South Africa
and
Evangelist George Kumning
of Istanbul, Turkey

at the McCoy Elementary Cafetorium
located behind Yazoo City High School
1835 School Drive • Yazoo City, MS 39194

For more info or to VOLUNTEER call:
662.746.5082 or 662.528.1347

Sponsored by:
Yazoo Ministerial Association & Fellowship of Christian Athletes

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Kids Fun Day Festival

Dream Catchers, Inc., presents

Kids Fun Day Festival

Saturday, July 5, 2014
10am – Until

at the Wardell Leach Recreational Complex
500 W. 15th Street
Yazoo City, Mississippi 39194

Featuring Games, Talent Show, Space Jumps, Live Music, Face Painting, Refreshments and MUCH more!

For more information, call 601.622.8525

 

Dream Catchers Kids Day

Murder in the Key of Motown

Murder in the Key of Motown

Dinner and an interactive show in downtown Yazoo City!

Put on your platforms. Bring your legwarmers and sing along with Jack Russell and the
Terriers as they attempt to perform Top 40 hits in the style of artists from
Motown to the totally awesome 80s.

MTKM Cast

Jack Russel and the Terriers

JR (Tommy Kobeck) and his band members, Gabe Marvin (Walt Herrington) , Patti Vandell (Wendie
Shepard), Delia Ross (Alahna Stewart) and Rhetta James (Becky Martin), are guaranteed to hit a few
high notes when they quarrel over who gets the spotlight and who gets the girl.
The backup singers get vocal after the audience chooses the winner of the
Sing Off. Any hope of harmony is dashed when the show turns into a
very limited engagement for one band member.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
at one of the best sites on the historic Blues Trail, the beautifully renovated,
The No Smoking Smokehouse
209 S. Main St.
Yazoo City, MS
Seating: 6:30 p.m. Show: 7:00 p.m.

Check out this promo video of Jack Russel and the Terriers!

Tickets are only $45 per person for a three-course meal (Salad, Pork Tenderloin or Chicken,
rolls, green beans, special dessert) and a fun musical murder mystery for you to solve!

Tickets can be purchased through Brownpapertickets.com:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/736640

For information on booking this original, interactive show, contact Becky Martin, MMM Production Manager, at
601-850-2318, or Email Her

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Holly Bluff Friends & Family Day

Presented by Wyatt House Entertainment

Don’t miss the 5th Annual

Holly Bluff Friends and Family Day

August 31, 2014
(the Sunday before Labor Day)

9am to 9pm
at Miller’s Place in Holly Bluff, Mississippi

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This family-friendly event will include games, arts & crafts, food, horse rides, live music, bikes, diverse entertainment and much more!

For more information, call Billy Johnson at 662.665.3749 or Michael Wyatt at 214.680.7753

Not only are we having fun, but we are having fun with a purpose.  Bring your family and friends, and let’s #TurnUp for 2014!

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