The 13th annual Delta Awards recognizing tourism achievement in Eastern Arkansas will be presented during festivities Friday evening, Feb. 1, at the Fine Arts Building of Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas.
The 13th annual Delta Awards recognizing tourism achievement in Eastern Arkansas will be presented during festivities Friday evening, Feb. 1, at the Fine Arts Building of Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas. 1000 Campus Drive, in Helena. After a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., the dinner and awards ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Arkansas Delta Byways, with support from Phillips Community College, the Delta Cultural Center, the Phillips County Chamber of Commerce and the Helena Advertising and Promotion Commission. Arkansas Delta Byways, based on the Arkansas State University campus, is a nonprofit organization recognized by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism as the official tourism promotion association for 15 counties in Eastern Arkansas. Counties include Arkansas, Chicot, Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Drew, Greene, Lee, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett and St. Francis. The annual awards event is open to the public. Tickets are $25 per person or a table of eight for $175. For information on ticket availability, contact Arkansas Delta Byways, (870) 972-2803, fax (870) 972-3201, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Finalists for the awards are: Media Support Award ASU Creative Services, All Counties Mark Spencer, Monticello “Sunshine” Sonny Payne, Helena Hospitality Award Cajun Express, Wheatley Edwardian Inn, Helena Whitton Farms, Whitton Entrepreneur Award Handworks, Helena Jones Bar-B-Q Diner, Marianna Main Street Paragould, Paragould Tourism Support Award AR Midland Railroad Santa Train, Drew, Desha and Chicot Counties 150th Birthday Celebration of Cross County, Wynne Southland Park Gaming & Racing, West Memphis Festival/Event of the Year 80th Birthday Tribute to Johnny Cash, Dyess Tyronza Stars & Stripes Jubilee, Tyronza Zombie Walk, Paragould Boot Strap Award Granny Clay's Kitchen, Marked Tree Helena Second Saturdays, Helena Scarecrow Contest, Marion Promotional Award Hemingway-Pfeiffer Educational Center African Safari Exhibit, Piggott Historic District Steamboat Partnership, Helena Main Street Dumas National Historic District, Dumas Outstanding Member Award TBA Cultural Heritage Award Arkansas Post Museum State Park, Exhibit Buildings, Gillette Bridging the Blues, Helena Lakeport Plantation Exhibits, Lake Village Tourism Person of the Year Joe St. Columbia, Helena Troy Keeping, West Memphis Cindy Smith, McGehee