R.A.C.K. Ride receives $1,000 grant


By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com



Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Joyce, fourth from left, and Rick Embry, second from right, accept $1,000 in grant funding from the Leitchfield Tourism Commission for next year’s Ride Around Central Kentucky (R.A.C.K.). Also pictured, from left, representing Leitchfield Tourism are Ilsa Johnson, Ryan Bratcher, Joyce Mudd, Randy Pauley, Angie Jones, Lindell Sharp, and Mark Smith.


The Leitchfield Tourism Commission this week awarded $1,000 in grant funding for next year’s Ride Around Central Kentucky (R.A.C.K.).

During the regularly scheduled Tuesday, Sept. 27 Tourism Commission meeting, event organizers Rick and Joyce Embry, of Embry’s Bike Shop, attended to discuss the R.A.C.K.

Rick Embry said 2015 saw record attendance for the R.A.C.K. Ride with around 200 participants, and this year’s ride saw around 150 people from six states participate without any accidents.

“This year was one of the best years we’ve had,” he said.

The Embrys also recognized Leitchfield Tourism, local law enforcement, and the Leitchfield Lions Club for their help in making the 12th annual event a success.

Rick Embry said R.A.C.K. officials draw about 600 markers around Grayson County for participating bicyclists to follow, and these markers vary in color depending on the distance a bicyclist is riding.

These markers are maintained all year around, so bicyclists may always have safe paths to follow.

In other business:

*Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson said revenue from the Restaurant Tax is up from last year at $130,782.

*It was reported that, due to inclement weather and subsequent technical issues, Zootopia was unable to be played at the opening night of the Leitchfield Fall Movie Series.

According to Johnson, because of this, R & B Productions reduced its fee for the evening from $500 to $200.

Additionally, Johnson said the Tourism Commission can retain the rights to show Zootopia one time over the next year, and another organization has expressed interest in hosting the showing, tentatively, on Saturday, Oct. 15.

After a brief discussion, the Tourism Commission voted to approve the $500 cost for R & B Productions to play Zootopia for this event.

The next free scheduled film in the Fall Movie Series is Goosebumps to be shown on Friday, Oct. 28 at the Babe Ruth baseball field behind Grayson County Middle School.

*Leitchfield Tourism Commissioner Angie Jones said this year’s Leitchfield Halloween Safe Spot will be held on Monday, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The event typically serves between 1,500 and 5,000 children, and anyone who wishes to participate in or donate to the Safe Spot is welcome, Jones said.

*The Tourism Commission voted to declare 200 empty five-gallon buckets used for chlorine at Leitchfield Aquatic Center to be surplus property and advertise them for sale with sealed bids.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Joyce, fourth from left, and Rick Embry, second from right, accept $1,000 in grant funding from the Leitchfield Tourism Commission for next year’s Ride Around Central Kentucky (R.A.C.K.). Also pictured, from left, representing Leitchfield Tourism are Ilsa Johnson, Ryan Bratcher, Joyce Mudd, Randy Pauley, Angie Jones, Lindell Sharp, and Mark Smith.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_RACK-Ride-Grant-1.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Joyce, fourth from left, and Rick Embry, second from right, accept $1,000 in grant funding from the Leitchfield Tourism Commission for next year’s Ride Around Central Kentucky (R.A.C.K.). Also pictured, from left, representing Leitchfield Tourism are Ilsa Johnson, Ryan Bratcher, Joyce Mudd, Randy Pauley, Angie Jones, Lindell Sharp, and Mark Smith.

By Matt Lasley

mlasley@civitasmedia.com

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