Jackson County Visitor Center awards grants to local projects


The board of the Jackson County Visitor Center met at noon Wednesday distributed grants to several people for projects and events including Bonnye Good of Muscatatuck Wildlife Society, Ginger Schneck of Girls Inc., Robert Bishop of Antique Farm, Carol King of the Seymour Museum and Susan Horton of the Clearspring food pantry.

Good discussed with the board an event, Wings Over Muscatatuck Migratory Bird Festival at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, on May 11. She said there will be activities for the whole family such as painting sessions, hikes and tours annual festival, The grant will be used for brochures that will be passed out in hopes of getting people both in and out of town to come visit.

Schneck talked about the Girls Inc. Gala 2024 held Friday night at the Pines Evergreen Room.

She said the Girl Inc.’s Turkey Trot will be held Thanksgiving morning (Nov. 28). The grant will go towards promotional grant for that annual event

Bishop talked about the Jackson County Antique Farm Machinery Show on June 7 and 8. It includes attractions such as a flea market, cake walk, silent auctions and more. Their goal is to “educate the people what happened then and what’s happening today” with farming, said Bishop. The tractor drive is June 9. The grant will go toward insurance and fliers.

“You think you know everything about farming,” said Bishop. “I’ve been in this for 37 years and I know nothing about it.”

King encouraged people to visit the Seymour museum at Third and Chestnut streets downstown if they haven’t be in awhile to see “the things we have accomplished.”

The grant will go toward the Parking Lot Pickers event on April 27 which will have close to 30 vendors.

The Seymour Museum is also planning a gala for Aug. 24 at the museum.

Horton runs the local food pantry in Clearspring. Last year, the Clearspring Cemetery Association and Clearspring Baptist Church joined forces for the first time to host the Roots Festival that helped the food pantry for five months. Like last year, the Roots Festival will be held on Memorial Day (May 27).

“There’s not been a lot of things going on in Clearspring, so it’s kind of nice to see the community come together,” Horton said.

Other topics brought up at the meeting were how Jackson County handled the day of the eclipse, the Acoustic Crossroads Fest on April 26 and 27, the hunt for Seymour Main Street’s next executive director and plans for a possible campaign to raise money for a local animal rescue for the Visitor Center’s cat, Reno’s, fifth birthday in May.

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