Joshua Mitchell Wins Hospitality Award
The Ruston Lincoln Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to announce the 2016 recipient of the Lincoln Parish Hospitality Award is Joshua Mitchell, owner of Jodami Design and creator of Ruston Makers Fair.
“We’re thrilled to be able to present this award to Josh,” says Travis Napper, CVB President & CEO. “Not only is it well-deserved for the work he’s already done, but we’re certain his success and direct impact on our area is only just beginning.”
Throughout 2015 and 2016, Mitchell has made significant contributions to the tourism economy of Lincoln Parish by hosting the Ruston Makers Fair. Twice a year, under the organization of Mitchell, more than 70 local artists, designers, crafters and makers of all kinds have gathered in Downtown Ruston to provide a truly unique marketplace for residents and visitors alike to purchase works and support North Louisiana’s arts community. Complete with live music, food trucks, and activities for the kids, this festival of local talent has grown in popularity, bringing in visitors to Ruston from across the state, Dallas, Little Rock and Jackson.
Mitchell has been a part of the arts community for many years and saw the arts presence steadily growing in the area. Mitchell says that he felt like there needed to be one event that gives a wide range of artists the opportunity to show their passions to the public, and without a doubt, Ruston was the perfect place to host such an event.
“I am truly and deeply honored to even be considered for this award. There are so many hardworking individuals striving to better our community in so many ways,” says Mitchell. “First and foremost I have to thank the CVB for this award. I couldn't make any event happen without them. They work diligently to facilitate and promote all of the great things happening in the area. I also want to thank my family. They are always there to support me and they are never afraid to jump in and help where they're needed. I want to thank the NCLAC team who have been a constant source of inspiration for me and so many through the years. Last but not least I have to thank the City of Ruston and this beautiful community that I am a product of. I have grown to love this area so much and it is a dream come true to be a contributor to its beauty. I couldn't imagine doing what I do anywhere else and working alongside any better group of people.”
After the triumph of the past two years, Mitchell’s plans for the future of Ruston Makers Fair are ever-growing. “I've already been overwhelmed by the success of the fair, but I know that this is just the beginning for the event,” Mitchell says. “I have plans to expand and grow the fair to make it an even better experience for everyone and to continue developing events that help the arts flourish. There are different aspects being added and changed for the Spring Fair that will greatly improve the event and make it even more enjoyable. I look forward to seeing what 2017 holds for the future of the fair and other endeavors.”
The Lincoln Parish Hospitality Award began in 1999 to reward and recognize members of the community who provided a significant benefit to the tourism economy of Lincoln Parish during the past year. This award will be presented to Mitchell at the Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet on January 19th at the Ruston Civic Center.
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