2014 Rural Tourism Conference
Schedule of Events

Greenwood, Mississippi

Monday, October 20, 2014

1:00 Pre-conference Tourr - Beginning at the Alluvian Hotel, take "The Help" movie tour through Greenwood and visit sites from the film. Tour will include a couple of bonus stops and special treats. (See information below regarding the focus of this tour)
See information below regarding the focus of this tour
5:30 A Delta Style Evening. Reception at the Historic Elks Lodge and filming site from "The Help", featuring culinary favorites of the Mississippi Delta, including Minny’s famous chocolate pie.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

8:45 Welcome
9:00-9:45 Rebuilding a Community for the Locals and Tourists – Water Valley Story
Mickey Howley and group
10:00–10:45 Building a Brand – The Crown Restaurant
Evelyn Roughton
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00–11:45 County Fairs – Celebrating the Agricultural History of the South
Stanley Wise and Trent Barnett
12:00–1:00 Lunch
1:00–1:45 Telling the Musical Story of the Delta
Allan Hammons, Hammons and Associates, Greenwood, MS
2:00–2:45 Developing a Small Town Festival - Athens Grease Festival
Trisha Black, Athens Alabama Main Street
2:45–3:00 Break
3:00–3:45 Working with your Hotels & Tourism Partners
Tami Reist
5:00 Reception
6:00 Dine around on you own

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

8:30–9:45 Master Naturalist Program
Doyle Keasal
9:45–11:30 Sports Tourism Workshop
featuring Mississippi State University, and the City of Auburn Marketing Experts and Sports and Recreation Specialists from some of the top small town sports destinations in the state.
11:30–11:45 Wrap up
11:45 Adjourn

* Note that times and topics may be subject to change.
Please check the updated program for final details.

Pre-Conference Tour – The Help Tour and Tasting

On May 13, 2010, DreamWorks Studios formally announced that a major motion picture based on Mississippi native Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling novel The Help would be filmed in Greenwood, Mississippi. We became home for several months to cast members such as Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain and many more. We will take a driving tour and see the locations used in the film, where the stars stayed during filming of the movie as well as hot spots for cast and crew sightings. This tour will give you true behind the scenes access!

Some of the things that Hollywood creates aren’t real, but you can bet the food in The Help was. Following the driving tour, we will sample a taste of The Help with a cooking demonstration. Lee Ann Flemming will be doing the cooking demonstration for us at the Historic Elks Lodge in downtown Greenwood. Lee Ann was the food stylist for "The Help". She’s a newspaper and magazine food columnist, and a frequent guest chef on WABG-TV’s Delta Kitchen on Good Morning, Mississippi. She now wears a brand new hat as author of her new cookbook entitled, "RECIPES and REMEMBRANCES". The Elks Lodge was the location used for the Junior League Benefit scene in the movie. Learn what really went into preparing all of the food you see on screen. And if you’re sweet, you’ll get the good chocolate pie!

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