Visitor’s bureau takes over Ghost Walk
The Ghost Walk and the Wild West Tour will be under new management this coming year as the Carson City Convention and Visitors’ Bureau takes over.
The board voted Monday night to manage the production of the two events following a presentation by Carson City Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Rob Joiner.
He said letting go of the two events is just one way to free up his office staff.
The Wild West Tour and the Ghost Walk are events which fit into the realm of the bureau, Joiner said.
“This gives a little sample to see what we can do,” said board member Dwight Millard. “We will be able to see how it affects our staff and how well we can do it.”
The bureau takes over event management which was previously contracted out to Shirley Adshade-Sponslor. The events draw a large number of out-of-town visitors. The redevelopment authority will give funds from the contract to the bureau. Those funds, to be used for costumers, advertising, production and storage for the two events, total $18,000 – $8,000 for the Wild West Tour; $10,500 for the Ghost Walk.
The Wild West Tour is scheduled take place on May 29 and the Ghost Walk for Oct. 23.
Chairman Don Quilici said that the bureau staff would be able to handle the management portion. The bureau is free to hire an independent contractor to manage the events under its direction. The contract will be discussed after the first year of management.
“The key is getting sponsorship,” said Joiner. “We can do more and have more activities if we get more people involved.”
He pointed out the recent move of the Farmers Market to the Pony Express Pavilion. He said already some businesses are talking about putting on some type of street fair or other activity in the downtown area.
The agreement goes now to the redevelopment board which is also the Carson City Board of Supervisors.
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