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Bazzel to headline Tourism Appreciation Banquet Friday in Batesville

The new Batesville Community Center will be the site this Friday night, April 27, as they host the 2018 Ozark Gateway Region Leo Rainey Tourism Appreciation Banquet.

This Tourism Appreciation Banquet is held annually in memory of Leo Rainey, an Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame leader who lived in Batesville. He helped create two Tourism Regions in the state:  The Greers Ferry Lake Little Red River Association as well as the Ozark Gateway Region.

“We’re fortunate to have pioneers like Leo and Friday night we will honor Mr. Rainey and his years of service to the tourism industry,” said Cathy Drew, executive director of the Ozark Gateway Region.

The featured speaker will be a former Arkansas Razorback football player, David Bazzel. He is known as the creator of the “Battle of the Golden Boot,” a trophy awarded each year to the winner of the college football rivalry between the University of Arkansas and Louisiana State University.  He is also the founder of the prestigious Broyles Award, given annually to an assistant football coach who is considered one of the best assistants in the country.

Bazzel is also a co-host of “The Show with No Name” on “The Buzz,” 103.7 FM in Little Rock. He is a member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and a member of the Arkansas State Parks, Recreation, and Travel Commission.

In addition, several prestigious Tourism Awards will be presented Friday night recognizing leaders in the industry.

The banquet is set to start at 6 p.m. Tickets for the banquet, including a meal, is $35 and available by contacting the Ozark Gateway Tourism Office.

Image of Bazzel via CJRW

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