2014 Rural Tourism Conference
Schedule of Events

Greenwood, Mississippi

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pre-conference Tour (exact start time to be determined, will begin early afternoon)
See information below regarding the focus of this tour
Evening Reception (exact start time to be determined)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

8:45 Welcome
9:00-9:30 Rebuilding a Community for the Locals and Tourists – Water Valley Story
Mickey Howley and group
10:00–10:30 Building a Brand – The Crown Restaurant
Evelyn Roughton
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45–11:30 County Fairs – Celebrating the Agricultural History of the South
Stanley Wise and Trent Barnett
11:30–1:00 Lunch
1:00–1:45 Telling the Musical Story of the Delta or Ways to Work with the Publishing Industry
Scott Coopwood (invited)
1:45–2:30 Ground Zero – Movies, Culture, History, and Revitalizing Clarksdale
Bill Luckett (invited)
2:30–2:45 Break
2:45–3:45 Athens Grease Fesitval
Trisha Black (invited)
Dine around on you own

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

8:45–9:45 Master Naturalist Program
Doyle Keasal
9:45–10:15 Break
10:15–11:30 Sports Tourism – Hosting Tournaments and Game Day Celebrations
Lea Beasley and John Wilde
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 from Martha Foose. Martha is a renowned chef, cookbook author and was one of the food stylists on the film. The cooking demonstration will take place in the Historic Elks Lodge in downtown Greenwood. 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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