Sunken Lands Chamber to look into working with volunteer group handling Dyess tourists

Monday, October 6, 2014

During the Sunken Lands Chamber of Commerce's monthly September meeting, chamber members discussed the idea of heading up a group of volunteers that works with tourists visiting the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess.

Dyess Mayor Larry Sims said a group of volunteers were handling food and entertainment for tourist groups who request it ahead of time, but the city is not allowed legally to be part of the project. An entity not affiliated with the city is needed to handle the group's money and organization.

Chamber members discussed the possibility of the Sunken Lands Chamber filing for 501c status to be able to handle the volunteer group's money. The chamber passed a motion to appoint a committee of volunteers to get information on applying for 501c status and to present at the next meeting. The motion passed with Mayor Sims abstaining from voting.

During the meeting, the chamber also discussed some upcoming events they are hosting.

During the Lepanto's Terrapin Derby, the chamber is hosting a wrestling event. The wrestling starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the EPC High School Gym. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and children under 5 get in free.

The Tour duh Sunken Lands--a 52 mile bike ride which takes participants on a loop to several regional attractions including the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, and the Painted House--will take place on Saturday, Nov. 1. On-site registration begins at 9 a.m. and the tour starts at 10 a.m. The deadline to register for t-shirts for the bike ride is Oct. 18. Registration forms are available at

The Marked Tree Area Delta Museum will host a Zombie Walk on Halloween for the second year in a row. The walk will begin at the museum and is open to everyone. The time is to be announced.

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