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Travel bureau funds local projects, events


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By C.J. MCMANUS
Sun Advocate reporter


During a regularly scheduled city council meeting on June 6, Sunnyside Mayor Bruce Andrews discussed allocations from the Carbon County Travel Bureau as well as restaurant tax monies.

The travel bureau funded four projects near the end of May.

The projects included the Castle County King 4X4 King Crawlers Camp, the Helper Arts Council, the Scofield Triathlon and the North Springs Shooting and Recreation area.

The projects are funded primarily on the contingency that they help to increase the local tourism and economy.

The bureau funded the Helper Arts Council in relation to an Oct. 13 project.

According to the application, the newly formed Utah Arts Council, which recently became the administrative body for the local festival, will host a gallery stroll in five to eight downtown Helper buildings.

The event will highlight the work of area artists and showcase a special collection of works by southwest artist Maynard Dixon.

The Utah Symphony will also perform at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in the Rio Theater.

The tentatively named "Mozart and Maynard" show will continue to cement Helper as a tourism destination for the town's outstanding local and cooperative art projects and culture assets.

The council's funding request was granted for $2,000. The money will be used to advertise Helper and the show in out of area publications and Maynard Dixon enthusiast circles.

The travel bureau also allocated $750 to the King 4X4 Camp.

The promoters of the event plan to use the money for advertising in major magazines in order to reach a larger audience.

According to the application, the challenge brings about 1,500 to 2,000 individuals and families to Carbon County region for two to three days and has an economic impact within the area.

The travel bureau further funded the Scofield Triathlon for $2,500.

According to the application, the event will cost more that $20,000 and will take place on Aug. 11.

The planning committee lieves that local hotels, restaurants and grocerie stores will profit from the event. The committee has added a "Things to do in Scofield/Carbon County" link on the group's website.

Event planners offer different types of races to accommodate the wide variety of athletes; a traditional Olympic race, a Sprint race, a relay race and a splash pedal dash race for triathletes in training.

Scofield's funds will be used to promote, organize and host the 2007 event.

Rounding out the agency's funding, the bureau granted $3000 in restaurant tax monies to the North Springs Shooting and Recreation Area. The funds were used to promote the ranges opening and ribbon cutting ceremonies earlier in May.

Castle County King Challenges' second request for funding was tabled until further information could be provided to the bureau.



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