July 15, 2022 (Batesville, AR) — The City of Batesville’s Advertising and Promotions Commission proudly announces its Experience Independence Holiday Pitch Contest.

The contest is an opportunity for interested and experienced parties to pitch their idea and compete for funds to support the implementation or expansion of the event. Applicants will pitch a unique, well-researched, and practical concept for a new holiday-themed event to attract overnight stays to Batesville. 

“This is a great opportunity for organizations and individuals to compete for start-up funds to support holiday events,” said Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce COO Jamie Rayford. 

The A&P Commission is funding the pitch contest to offset expenses related to promoting the area as the Christmas Capital of Arkansas™ and encourage tourism growth. 

Award amounts range from $100 to $12,000. The number of awards granted depends on the applicant pool’s quality and request size. 

“Batesville has built a reputation as the Christmas Capital of Arkansas™, and we are excited to see what new ideas our community comes up with,” concluded Rayford. 

Learn more and start planning your event at experienceindependence.com.