SIKESTON - Lights. Camera. Action. Sikeston and Miner are the stars in a new production by the Sikeston-Miner Convention Bureau.
The 10-minute video made its local debut Thursday earning the applause of those attending the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce meeting.
Prior to showing the video, Pansy Glenn, CVB director, explained the video is designed to attract visitors to the Sikeston-Miner area by showcasing local events, attractions and amenities. Not only does the video show local scenes but it also mentions nearby events, Glenn said, adding that the Sikeston-Miner area with a majority of the hotels, shopping venues and restaurants still benefits those visiting surrounding communities.
Using the theme "imagine," the video pinpoints the easy access to Sikeston and Miner and notes the history behind the communities. There are scenes of the various activities from car racing to the Cotton Carnival and rodeo along with shopping areas including downtown Sikeston and the Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores. Also showcased are local hotels, Lambert's Cafe and the hospitality the area is known for.
In addition to being shown to Chamber members, the video will be placed in local hotels and will be featured on the local-access channel. Also the video is to be sent to group tourism directors who have indicated plans to visit the area.
According to Glenn, the next step is to apply for grant funding to turn the video into a DVD format. This will make the tourism information easier and less expensive to mail, she said.
"But before we do that we are going to make a few changes," Glen said. The changes include more live footage of area events, such as the Dogwood-Azaelea Festival in Charleston, and more "patriotic" shots from Sikeston and Miner.
And parts of the video will soon get even wider viewership. According to Glenn, a film crew learned about Lambert's Cafe and its "throwed rolls" and recently filmed the business for part of feature on the Travel Channel. Glenn added that the film crew also requested a copy of the CVB video for possible inclusion of some of its footage.
The video is just one way of selling Sikeston and Miner, said the CVB director. Glenn called on the Chamber membership to "buy in" to the campaign to bring more visitors to Sikeston. She said when local residents attend conventions or meetings they should encourage the groups to consider meeting in Sikeston-Miner.
"Together we can, together we will make a difference," said Glenn. Then reiterating the video theme, she added: "We have more here than you can imagine."
Missy Marshall, SACC director, reminded the membership of several upcoming events including:
* The Scott County Commission will dedicate the new Scott County Jail in Benton at 1 p.m. Saturday.
* The Eighth Annual Business Education Expo will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Sikeston Field House. A wide variety of area employers will be featured at the daylong event. "Come on out and have a good time," said Marshall adding even those not looking for jobs will learn more about the area's employers.
* Feb. 7 is the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center Scholarship Dinner. More information is available from Judy Buck with SAHEC.
* The next Chamber general membership meeting will be at noon Feb. 27 at the Powerhouse of God Church.
* April 10 will by the Chamber's annual awards banquet at the Sikeston Field House. Nine awards will be presented that evening with the nomination forms soon to be available to the membership.