Three Phillips County entities have been named finalists for a Henry Award to be presented March 13 at the 44th Annual Arkansas Governor's Conference on Tourism banquet to be held this year in West Memphis.

Three Phillips County entities have been named finalists for a Henry Award to be presented March 13 at the 44th Annual Arkansas Governor's Conference on Tourism banquet to be held this year in West Memphis.

Helena Downtown Partnership is a finalist for the Bootstrap Award. According to information provided by the state Department of Parks and Tourism, this award is presented each year to an individual, organization or community that has achieved significant success "on a shoestring budget," having limited means to work with, either in resources or finances.

Helena Downtown Partnership is competing against the Fort Smith Convention and Visitors Bureau GRIT Awards and Visit Hot Springs and Celsius.

Warfield Concerts is up for the Grand Old Classic Special Event Award. This award is presented annually to a festival, fair or other celebration that has "stood the test of time" and become an established example to follow.

Competition for the honor will come from Christmas Frolic at Historic Arkansas Museum and the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant.

The Quapaw Canoe Co. is vying for the Natural State Award. Any community, organization, special event that "stands out in a crowd" because of its unique appeal that benefits the quality of life in Arkansas, is eligible to receive this prestigious recognition.

Also nominated for the Natural State Award are the Arkansas Goat Festival and Murphy Arts District.

The gala event will beheld at Southland Park Gaming and Racing .

The Henry Awards are given in recognition of Henri de Tonti, who many historians consider to be one of the first "Arkansas Travelers."

During the ceremony the Tourism Person of the Year will be honored. Former recipients of this award select the person for this award. The individual must be actively involved in tourism and has made a substantial contribution during 2017 for the betterment of the state's tourism industry.