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By ANNETTE HARVISON
The Greene County Board of Supervisors has approved a new events coordinator for the Greene County Rural Events Center.
County resident Missy Lewis has been named the new events coordinator for the multi-purpose arena on High School Road, and she plans to help bring revenue to the county through various activities at the site. Lewis, who is the owner of P&M Farm Supply of Leakesville, was recruited for the post by Dist. 4 Supervisor Wayne Barrow.
Barrow has been handling much of the events planning at the arena, however he wanted someone capable of devoting more time to promote it and work to bring events to the county. Other board members were in agreement with bringing a helping hand on board to give a boost to the arena and its potential for recreation and economic development for the county.
Lewis said she has many ideas in mind to promote the arena. She said she hopes to see the county 4-H program grow and have more opportunities to shine in their home county. Lewis said she would like to see the arena used for activities such as horse shows and rodeo events. She said with all the RV hookups located on the property, having overnight events would create the opportunity to bring in more revenue to the community.
“My main goal is to try to get more people into Greene County,” Lewis said. “The more people that come to the county for events, the more revenue the county will see come in.”
Lewis said there is a great deal of potential for the arena and she hopes to keep it busy. She has already been working on making contacts for 4-H events, and she is working on contacts for other events to interest county residents.
“I want to do different things,” Lewis said. “I want to utilize the arena for lots of different activities, not just livestock events.”
The multi-purpose arena was built in the 1990s, and for many years served as the home of the Two Rivers Bluegrass Festival, events hosted by GCHS Vo-Tech classes and horse shows. In recent years, the county has lost the bluegrass festival and other events have been less frequent at the arena.
Lewis said she is excited and hopeful about this new venture, and she is ready to work on planning events at the arena. She said those interested in renting the arena can contact her at P&M Farm Supply at (601)394-5700 or (601)770-3017.