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Batesville a finalist in state tourism award category

Batesville is in the running for a prestigious state tourism award.

The Governor’s Conference on Tourism will be held in West Memphis, Mar. 11 through Mar. 13.  The awards ceremony during the Conference is called the Henry Awards which honor Henri de Tonti, the man historians consider to be among the first “Arkansas Travelers.”

Among the seven top awards is the Community Tourism Development Award.  

The three finalists include Batesville (Main Street Batesville, the Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Batesville.) The other two finalists are the City of Augusta and the Fayetteville Roots Festival.

The award recognizes a community or organization that has achieved substantial success in the enhancement of its local resources through imaginative and innovative development efforts.

In West Memphis, the Conference will be held at Southland Park, which is commonly known as “the dog track.”

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