April 6, 2009
Oh behalf of the City of Columbus, all of our local and elected officials and community leaders, "Thank You" for coming out and supporting this year''s "Grilling on the River ''09." We were thrilled that you chose to join us in celebrating one of our "Very Own" events.
"Grilling on the River ''09" is quickly emerging as one of the top "quality of life" factors that I thoroughly enjoy, and I am proud that the festival calls Columbus home.
There were so many comments from the teams, both visiting and local, sponsors, vendors, festival-goers...well, pretty much everybody who spent any time out at the festival about what a great atmosphere it was and how much fun they were having.
Actually, the entire city is to be recognized for being so welcoming! Harvey Myrick, his committee and staff are to be highly commended for bring this great event to Columbus.
This year a record-breaking number of 59 teams from all over Mississippi and the nation participated. Some of the teams have been with us since we originally started and some joined for the first time this year.
It was a pleasure to be able to say both "Hello!" and "Welcome!" Our "Friendly City" really shone and the food was excellent!
I am looking forward to an even better event in 2010 and to seeing you all again next year!
Thank you again for making Columbus "shine!"
Please call or e-mail me with your suggestions, 662-328-7201, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert E. Smith, mayor of Columbus