Yazoo County Brings Home Two Awards from State Conference

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


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

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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!


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Revive Yazoo

Don’t miss

Revive Yazoo

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

Bishop Edward Duku
of Butterworth, South Africa
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.


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

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!

A Word from Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s New Executive Director

Shanitra Finley YazooCVB webIt is with great honor that I introduce myself to you, the Travelers, Tourists, and Fans of Yazoo County, Mississippi, as the new Executive Director of the Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau. As my home, Yazoo County is near and dear to my heart. As a 16-year tourism professional in Yazoo County, I am excited to get the chance to lead our tourism efforts to highlight Yazoo County.

I have so many new ideas and plans for our tourism office, and I am looking forward to putting those ideas to work for our tourism partners and our community. I know and love this community with all my heart, and I believe in our tourism businesses and attractions. I hope you are ready to take this journey with me.



Shanitra Finley
Executive Director
Yazoo County CVB
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Civil Rights Jubilee

Oak Grove AME Church hosts

Civil Rights Jubilee

Saturday, June 21, 2014
10am to 2pm

Hwy 16 W, Benton, Mississippi 39039

Celebrating 50 years since the signing of the Landmark Legislation Civil Rights Bill of 1964
and commemorating the Meredith March of Freedom Summer 1966!

For more information, contact Mildred Brown at 662.673.9007 or 662.571.0005

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Farewell Reception for Tonja Ray-Smith

It is with great sadness that the Yazoo County CVB announces the resignation of our Executive Director of 6 years, Tonja Ray-Smith. Her years of service to the CVB have been amazing… Award-Winning, in fact! We wish her much love and success in her future endeavors, and hope she knows she will always be loved and missed in Yazoo County.

Please join us in wishing her well, and if you have a personal story of her time here in Yazoo, we would love to hear it. Her impact as ED has been wonderful, and far-reaching.

On Tuesday, May 27, from 5pm to 7pm, we are hosting a farewell reception for Ms. Smith. We hope you will join us in thanking her for her years of service to Yazoo County, and in wishing her well in her future endeavors.

“One Love for Tonja”
Farewell Reception
Tuesday, May 27
5pm to 7pm
at the Yazoo County CVB Visitors Center
110 N Jerry Clower Blvd. Suite S
Yazoo City, Mississippi


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Light refreshments will be served.

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Gospel Explosion

Don’t miss the

Gospel Explosion 2014

Sunday, May 25

at the New Zion Multi-Purpose Center
630 East 12th Street
Yazoo City, Mississippi

Tickets are $12 in Advance
($15 at the Door)

For more information, call 662.571.2269

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