Friday, October 23, 2009

The City of Lewisburg is already making plans for another successfull Goats, Music and More Festival in 2010!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Meeting the Retailers and Developers at ICSC in Atlanta

(Photo- Greg Lowe and Mike Wiles at ICSC-Southeast in Atlanta)

The International Council of Shopping Centers Southeast Conference was held on Oct. 5-7 in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Convention Center and brought retailers, developers, brokers and economic and community development professionals from around the southeast and along the east coast to discuss the state of the economy, new retail expansion projects and possible future developments.
Marshall Co. JECDB Director Mike Wiles and Greg Lowe of the City of Lewisburg attended the conference for the second year to showcase available retail properties in Marshall County as well as discuss future retail projects with developers and retailers.
After working with Buxton Company to help determine retail gaps in Marshall County, the ICSC Southeast conference provided Wiles and Lowe the opportunity to seek out specific retailers that would benefit from starting operations in Marshall County. Contacts with developers and retailers have led to discussions about new retail coming to Marshall County; but as expected, the state of the current economy is playing a role in new retail development across the United States.
Still, several promising leads were contacted at the ICSC Southeast and continuing discussions hope to result in future retail development in Marshall County.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Goats, Music and More Survives the Weather

The 7th Annual Goats, Music and More Festival saw a little rain and a little chill; but with over 100 vendors and fantastic entertainment each night, the crowds came and enjoyed another great event at Rock Creek Park in Lewisburg.

The addition of the Nigerian Dwarf Goat show raised the number of goat shows at the festival to 8 running Friday through Sunday. Goat breeders and exhibitors from all across the country came out to compete for trophies and ribbons in the fainting goat, Boer goat, Mini Silky goat and Nigerian Dwarf goat shows.

Country music stars Shenandoah played up a storm Friday night at the festival following the conclusion of the Battle at Rock Creek battle of the bands competition. After twelve bands from across the mid-south competed in earlier rounds, it came down to Tyterope of Chapel Hill, TN and Nickajack from Dayton, TN. In the end, the boys from Chapel Hill, Tyterope, impressed the judges and took home the $2,500 in cash and the title of the best band in Southern Middle Tennessee.

Saturday was the big day with the 3rd Annual Lewisburg Rotary Club State Championship Barbecue Cook Off bringing in cookers from as far away as Arizona all competing for prizes in Pork, Brisquet, Chicken, Ribs and Goat. The Goatly Goblins contest and the Nannies and Kids Pageant rounded out the morning and led into the evening of entertainment beginning with local band, The Fossils.

The Fossils, Doug "Bubba" Fagan, Jerry Stoltz, Jeff Haislip and Eddie Fuller, warmed up the chilli crowd for the headliners of the evening, Motown Madness and Shawn Klush - The Closest Thing to the King.

Motown Madness is a band from Florida and has been named the number one celebrity impersonator act in the world. Showcasing the talents of Ray Charles, Little Richard, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner and The Blues Brothers, Al Morris of The Coasters, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, served as emcee and kept the crowd moving to the music.

Shawn Klush, the Closest Thing to the King, returned to the Goats, Music and More stage with one of the most dynamic and realistic Elvis acts performing today. Klush brought with him living legend D.J. Fontana who was the first drummer of Rock and Roll in the King's band.

From mechanical bull rides and train rides and slides to goat sandwiches, goat cheese and goat soap, the 7th Annual Goats, Music and More Festival had a little something for everyone. If you missed it this year, mark your calendar for next year, Oct. 8, 9 & 10, 2010 for the 8th Annual Goats, Music and More Festival.