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Council approves funds for 2 fests

February 14, 2014 • Local News

City councilors decided to again support the UFO and Fiddle and Griddle festivals, increasing the Lodger’s Tax funding this year.

The UFO Festival, which featured carnival rides and vendors last year, asked for $70,000 but was granted $75,000.

Eight councilors approved the funding. Councilor Dusty Huckabee, organizer of the event, abstained and Councilor Jeanine Corn-Best voted against the funding.

“I don’t think it’s being run correctly and right,” Corn-Best said. “We see the same thing year after year.”

Huckabee explained that attendees at the UFO Festival are counted when they stop by an information booth to fill out cards. They also have an opportunity to fill out questionnaires at a Chaves County Tourism Council center, he said.

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