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A-State’s Arkansas Delta Byways to Present Awards for Tourism Achievement


JONESBORO, Ark. —The 14th annual Delta Awards recognizing tourism achievement in eastern Arkansas will be presented during festivities Friday evening, Jan. 31, at Southland Park Gaming and Racing, 1550 N. Ingram Boulevard in West Memphis.
The evening will begin with a 5:30 p.m. silent auction, followed by the dinner and awards at 7 p.m.   The event is sponsored by Arkansas Delta Byways, with support from the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce, the West Memphis Advertising and Promotion Commission and Main Street West Memphis.   
Arkansas Delta Byways, located 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 at 870-972-2803; Fax: 870-972-3201; or e-mail ardeltab@astate.edu).  
Finalists for the awards include:
Media Support Award
Cross County ERA, Wynne
RARN Radio, Multi-County 
Sonny Payne, King Biscuit Time Radio, Helena
Hospitality Award
Arkansas Welcome Centers, Helena, Lake Village and West Memphis 
Fairfield Inn and Suites, Jonesboro
Hoots BBQ, McGehee
Entrepreneur Award
Ain’t That Funky, Dumas
Dr. John Bibb, Paragould
Dr. Cindy Grisham, Multi-County
Tourism Support Award
ASU Center for Digital Initiatives, Multi-County
Arkansas Post Museum State Park, “Fright Night,” Gillett 
Historic Tushek Building, Lake Village
Festival/Event of the Year
Owlfest, McGehee
Battle of Helena 150, Helena
Rockabilly Boogiefest, Jonesboro
Boot Strap Award
Downtown Farmers’ Market and Art Event, Forrest City
City of Dyess, Dyess 
Lepanto Museum USA, Lepanto
Promotional Award
ASU Museum, “A World of Its Own,” Jonesboro 
Piggott Chamber of Commerce, Piggott
The Great Race, Paragould and Monticello
Cultural Heritage Award
Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, “A View from the Hill,” Piggott
Warfield Music Concert Series, Helena
WWII Japanese American Internment Museum, McGehee
Outstanding Member Award
To be announced at the banquet 
Tourism Person of the Year
To be announced at the banquet


Arkansas Delta Byways