Pictured above from left to right are Jaclyn Barresi, Andie Roberts, Ansley Emfinger, Jaime Quinton, Representative Debbie Wood, Rodger McDonald, Laurie Blount, Mayor Leonard Riley, Mark Hudmon, Bobby Poer, Toby Sides, and Drew Pike
VALLEY- Last Thursday, the City Of Valley announced that grants totaling $10,400 were allocated to the City of Valley's Merry-Go-Round through District 38 Alabama House Representative Debbie Wood, and, the Alabama Tourism Department for Legislative Tourism Grants. Wood allocated five $2,600 grants through the Alabama Tourism Department, and the City of Valley was the recipient of 4 of those grants.
The Alabama Tourism Department allocated $2,730,000 statewide to promote tourism.
In April, State Representative Wood reached out to Ansley Emfinger and Andie Roberts with the Chambers County Development Authority regarding tourism Grants, and due to their persistence, and hard work the Merry-Go-Round is the beneficiary of tourism Grants.
"Alabama Tourism is a huge industry, but because of COVID, people stopped traveling. Fast forward to today, and people are getting out more. So many people are on 85 and are getting off the exits. This is the first year the state of Alabama has offered tourism grants for individual representatives, and senators. I reached out to the CCDA, and we agreed that the Merry-Go-Round fit that tourism niche", said Representative Wood
The City of Valley's Annual Merry-Go-Round has been a tradition, and it's still the biggest attraction in the Valley. Over the past ten years, the Merry-Go-Round has had over 3 million (3,126,252) people ride the iconic horses and sleighs.