Holiday Pitch Contest

The Holiday Pitch Contest is an opportunity for interested and experienced parties to pitch their event idea and compete for funds to support its implementation.

Applicants for the holiday event pitch contest are challenged to create a unique, well-researched, and practical idea for a new holiday-themed attraction to be held a minimum of one time between November 22nd to December 31st or a significant addition to a current event that the applicant is responsible for hosting that has the potential to attract overnight stays to Batesville. 

Apply by October 8, 2023
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Pitch ideas must include:

  • To which audience the attraction is targeted
  • Unique features of attraction that will draw visitors
  • Implementation plans (logistics, dates, locations, etc.)
  • Team responsible for implementation
  • Marketing plans
  • Demonstration of a well-researched idea
  • Knowledge, skills, and resources to implement

The Batesville A&P Commission will prioritize pitches that:

  • Include attractions held multiple days and weekends to increase likelihood of overnight stays and maximize economic impact;
  • Include promotion of attractions in advance;
  • Are collaborative including offer package deals; and
  • Align with the overall theme and spirit of other holiday activities to create a cohesive and enchanting holiday experience in the Christmas Capital of Arkansas.

The Batesville A&P Commission is funding the pitch contest to offset expenses related to promoting the area as the Christmas Capital of Arkansas™, and to encourage the growth of tourism. The funding in this grant is to promote larger events and overnight stays.

For a list of sample ideas, click here.

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