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Contact:  Tosha Daugherty, Visit Morgan County or 765-346-5611

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2018 Festival and Event Grants Awarded to 8 Area Events

Approximately $7,500 in grant funds awarded to events scheduled for 2018

Martinsville, Ind. – Visit Morgan County, the tourism office for Morgan County, is pleased to announce that their Festival and Event Grant Program has awarded funds to eight events taking place in Morgan County during the 2018 funding cycle.

All events that take place in Morgan County and have the potential to bring visitors into the county are eligible to apply for these grant funds and were encouraged to submit grant proposals by the April 1st deadline. This year’s grant cycle is for events that will take place between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.

Visit Morgan County Executive Director Tosha Daugherty said “We received more grant proposals this year than ever before. Each event was worthy of receiving funding and we were luckily able to transfer a bit of unused funding from another area of the budget, which allowed us to fully fund all of this year’s grant applicants. We are pleased to be able to support quality events throughout the county that will attract both residents and visitors.”

Festival and Event Grant proposals were evaluated using scores tied to the application requirements and other criteria spelled out in the application information. Points were given to events that demonstrated an ability to draw visitors from outside the area, increase the length of visitor stay, generate economic impact for local businesses and project a positive image of Morgan County, among other factors.

Eight events were awarded grant funds for upcoming events. They are listed below:

Artie Fest, Martinsville                                                                       $1,000
Bicentennial Park Concerts                                                                $1,000
Chili Cookoff & Chalk Art Contest                                                      $   500
Drink at the Creek Concert Series                                                      $1,000
Eat to the Beat                                                                                    $1,000
Giants LIVE North American Open                                                     $1,000
Morgan County Fair Concert                                                              $1,000
Porcelain Art School of Indiana                                                          $1,000

Be sure to watch for more information these, and other upcoming festivals and events, happening throughout Morgan County. More information on area events can be found at or on the Visit Morgan County Facebook page.

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Visit Morgan County promotes all of Morgan County as a travel destination in order to
grow the economic impact of the tourism industry and support local business.