BROOKVILLE – The Franklin County Convention, Recreation and Visitors Commission approved five grants totalling $4,100 March 17. The money, accumulated in its 5 percent innkeepers tax fund, will be used to help draw tourists, who will spend money within the county as they travel to events.
• Historic Metamora Inc. and Metamora Performing Arts Inc., $2,000, up from $1,000 in 2013. Leader Gail Ginther said Metamora Performing Arts re-formed in 2013 and will present the new March 29-30 Metamora Mandolin Gathering along with the traditional June 7-8 Strawberry Days and Aug. 30-31 Metamora Old-Time Music Festival. Attendance is about 2,000 for the Labor Day music weekend. “The region is ripe for this type of music,” Ginter believed. She will use some of the money for commercials on Indianapolis public radio stations geared toward folk music. Secretary Catrina Campbell, Metamora, who operates the Cat & the Fiddle bed-and-breakfast at the Thorpe House, reported, “It’s one of my biggest weekends ... People hang out and eat and buy things.” Ginther said hotel rooms are booked in Batesville as well. Historic Metamora volunteers are in charge of Oct. 3-5 Canal Days. She said all but the first event have free admission. According to her, the marketing budget is close to $4,000.
• Holiday Under the Spires, Oldenburg, $600, down from $800. “We will be adding some new events,” a children’s ballet in the evening of Dec. 6 and Indianapolis Model Train Club display, said planner Mary Beth Kerker. Interested persons can pick up 1,000 brochures detailing the schedule in Oldenburg shops and restaurants just before the event. About 5,000 save-the-date postcards will be passed out at Freudenfest and available at local shops.
• Whitewater Canal State Historical Site Towpath 10K Dash and Fun Run, Metamora, $400, down from $500. The event will be May 18, said Anne Fairchild, Indiana Department of Natural Resources historic sites program manager.
• Franklin County Young Farmers’ Truck and Tractor Pull, $500, same as 2013. The fun is slated for Saturday, May 31, at the Brookville fairgrounds.