Tourist Group Honors Blytheville's 'Lights Of The Delta'

October 1, 2003 - Posted at: 8:00 a.m. CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Bus Association has announced that Blytheville's 'Lights Of The Delta' has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2003 by an elite tourism industry selection committee.  Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that 'Lights Of The Delta' offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world.

'Lights Of The Delta,' the Mid-South's largest holiday lighting festival, is open nightly from November 21 to December 27, 2003.  Created in 1995, the event includes the Festival of Lights, a 40-acre drive-through site at the Arkansas Aeroplex with five million lights and 24 major motion displays, the Parade of Trees in downtown Blytheville's Kress Building, and over one million lights in the city's downtown area.  Special events include the annual Blytheville Christmas parade, Breakfast With Santa, and the downtown Holiday Open House.

"It's such an honor to be named to this prestigous list," said George Hubbard, Main Street Blytheville president.  "We hope this will bring more people to see our fabulous lighting displays."  'Lights Of The Delta,' which is sponsored by Main Street Blytheville, was also named Festival Of The Year by the Arkansas Delta Byways Association in 2002.