Exciting projects in store for 2018

Director Denise Wainscott announced events and developments coming to Barbourville in the 2018 year at the January 8 tourism meeting.

First, a downtown revitalization public forum will be held at 6 p.m. on January 18 at The Flower Shop. At this forum, Barbourville will receive its first impression results from an anonymous Berea group who stopped by the town and judged it based on certain criteria.

“They had a group that came through town and did a first impressions. That covers the whole gambit of appearance, activity, empty stores, driving business, everything,” said Wainscott. “I think it will give us some new insight on the direction we need to go.”

Other Tourism projects still in the works include the 25E electronic sign, the soap box derby, disc golf, trail development and bringing in more vendors for Knox Street Thunder. The annual Easter Egg Hunt will also be held at 1 p.m. on March 31 at Barbourville City Park.

Of course, one of the biggest events Tourism puts on every year is the BBQ Cook-off Festival and officially are already working to make sure the 2018 is the biggest one yet. Scot Clouse announced five bands have been booked. Among those in the lineup are local bands The Blue Crawdads and Silhouette, plus Billy Brown and Trent Tomlinson.

Finally, all minutes and reports were approved. The next Tourism meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. on February 12 at the Visitor Center.