Last updated: January 24. 2014 9:50PM -
By - nsizemore@civitasmedia.com



Nola Sizemore|Daily EnterpriseThousands attended last year's Black Bear Festival held in Cumberland and hosted by the Cumberland Tourism and Convention Commission. Pictured is one of many vendors who set up for last year's festival.
Nola Sizemore|Daily EnterpriseThousands attended last year's Black Bear Festival held in Cumberland and hosted by the Cumberland Tourism and Convention Commission. Pictured is one of many vendors who set up for last year's festival.
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The Cumberland Tourist and Convention Commission is planning for the annual Black Bear Festival slated for May.


Director Tracy Bailey told the commission during her report a meeting this week that a committee meeting has already taken place. Bailey said she feels “they are off to a great start.”


“We are looking to add more vendors this year for food, information, retail and non-profit booths,” said Bailey. “Our 5-K run has already been set for May 10, with our kids race beginning at 8:45 a.m. Jerrod Sherman is heading this up again this year. He did such a great job with it last year making it a big success.”


Bailey said the 5-K run has grown “bigger and more popular each year.”


“Anyone interested in a booth or who would like to head up an event for the festival may call the Cumberland Tourism office and ask to speak with Susie or myself,” said Bailey.


A committee selected for the festival includes commission members Scott Sherman, Lynn Cox and April Leisge.


Other items discussed in Bailey’s report was the annual mine rescue contest set for July 21. She said the Trail Town task force meeting held on Jan. 8 was primarily about the proposed horse trail from Putney to Letcher County.


In other action the commission:


*Reappointed to their positions on the commission were Vice Chairman Scott Sherman, Hotel/Motel Association; Reecie Stagnolia, CEO Appointment; and Lynn Cox, Restaurant Association;


*Approved commission meeting minutes and financial report were approved.


Nola Sizemore may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 115 or on Twitter @nola_hde


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