The Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the 2014 "Project Welcome Mat" in time for the Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival July 4 & 5.
This year's winners are as follows: People’s Choice – DeKalb Community Bank; Best Worded- Liberty State Bank (for messages on both sides of their sign); Most Original –Cumberland Insurance.
"We want to thank all the businesses that used their message signs to welcome Jamboree visitors. It’s vitally important to make sure that our guests know how appreciated and important they are. Tourism makes a huge positive economic impact on DeKalb County, and a lot of those tourism dollars come during the Jamboree," said Chamber Director Suzanne Williams
The winners and messages are as follows:
DeKalb Community Bank – Winner of "People's Choice" Award-“Twitter, Text or Snap, Fiddli’n & Feet That Tap, It’s Jamboree 43, Finest Fest in Tenn”
This social media-inspired message was written by DCB Employee, June Keith.
Liberty State Bank received the Chamber’s “Best Worded” Award for messages on both sides of their sign. Best Words” on Side 1 were written by LSB Employee Lisa Garrison -“A Fiddle, A Banjo, And A Glass of Sweet Tea, All at Jamboree 43.” “Best Words” on Side 2 were written by Liberty State Bank customer, Danny Cowan - “If It Was Me, I’d go to Jamboree 43.”
Cumberland Insurance– Winner of “Most Original” Sign-" “Bigger Better, More To See, Clap Your Hands & Stomp Your Feet, Jamboree Can’t Be Beat!”
The message was composed by Cumberland Insurance employee, Glenda Randolph. The sign was made by D&S Specialtees.
Bumpers Drive In received Honorable Mention for their sign - “Arts and Crafts, Music And Fun, The Jamboree Has Something For Everyone.”
(TOP PHOTO: Pictured l-r: DCB Vice-President Chad Colwell, Adm. Asst. June Keith, DCB President Gentry Barns, Chamber President Julia Cantrell, & Chamber Director Suzanne Williams)
(SECOND PHOTO FROM TOP: LSB Picture – Side 1 Chamber President Julia Cantrell, LSB Employees Trina Graham, Annette Jacoby, Amanda Green, Charlene Adcock, Lisa Garrison, LSB Vice-President Ronnie Goodwin & Chamber Director Suzanne Williams)
(THIRD PHOTO FROM TOP: LSB Picture – Side 2 LSB Vice-President Ronnie Goodwin, Lisa Garrison, Charlene Adcock, Amanda Green, Trina Graham, Annette Jacoby, Chamber President Julia Cantrell, Chamber Director Suzanne Williams)
(BOTTOM PHOTO: Pictured l-r: Chamber Director Suzanne Williams, Cumberland Insurance employees - Agent Kim Kyle, Receptionist Karen Caplinger, Agent Glenda Randolph, Chamber President & Cumberland Insurance Agent Julia Cantrell)