Tourism Commission hears of coming Christmas activities

Tourism Commission Board members look on during Monday's meeting.
Tourism Commission Board members look on during Monday’s meeting.

Photo and story by Bobbie Poynter

The Barbourville Tourism Commission for once had no pressing matters on its agenda. However, Tourism Director Denise Wainscott reminded members that December would be chocked full of Christmas events.

The commission discussed the Stivers Center and questioned Randell Young about how the center is currently doing. Young is currently on the Stivers Board of Directors.

“Every months is a struggle to pay utilities,” he said. “And the computer programs are sold old they can’t even keep up with the demand.

“However,” he added, “this month’s bills are paid. The outlook is not clear. The facility is still running day to day.”

Wainscott then caught the commission up on recent events.

She told the members that only 16 people signed up for the scheduled triathlon, so it was canceled and tabled until the spring.

Her only concern with the Battle of Barbourville is that the city needs to enhance attendance, although this year the battle conflicted with other similar battles.

There were a total of 15 boats on the water the first annual canoe/kayak race.

“It was a good test of everything,” she said.

She noted there was a need for more electric on the lower side of the park. She said the key to next year’s success will be to have not only more volunteers, but more vendors, as well.

Another mountain bike race is being planed for spring.

The Boone Trace Committee met with the State Highway Department. Apparently there are lots of regulations on putting sign on Hwy 25.

Wainscott then gave the commission a rundown of the list of events that will take place in Barbourville throughout the upcoming holiday season.

She made a note to acknowledge all the new businesses opening in downtown Barbourville.

“It’s exciting to see these new businesses opening and doing so well,” she said.

She gave a shout out to Kentucky Highlands for promoting these new entrepreneurships, and said she is expecting to help promote a series of workshops to help the new business owners.

Finally, she informed the commission that Barbourville Tourism will be looking into hiring an intern in the near future.

The Tourism Commission’s next meeting is set for 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15.