By Gary Lloyd
PINSON — The Pinson City Council at its Feb. 5 meeting approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Hoyt Sanders to enter into a contract for advertising and promotion with the Clay-Pinson Chamber of Commerce for the 2015 Alabama Butterbean Festival in Pinson.
The festival is scheduled for Oct. 2-3.
The city will pay the chamber $10,000 to go toward advertising and promotion of the event.
Admission to the event is free.
Clay-Pinson Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ronnie Dixon said 45,000 people attended the 2014 Alabama Butterbean Festival. At the Feb. 5 city council meeting, he presented Councilman Joe Cochran, the executive director of the Pinson Education Foundation, with a check for $2,250. The donation was $2,000 the year prior.
“The Butterbean Festival continues to grow,” Dixon said.
The Alabama Butterbean Festival set a Guinness world record in 2010 when it featured the largest pot of baked beans with 1,010.65 gallons.
The city council also approved of the city paying $5,000 to the chamber “in exchange for activities promoting the economic and industrial development of the municipality; developing, advertising, and promoting the resources of the municipality; and advertising the municipality and functions or undertakings of the municipality both within and without the corporate limits.”
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