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APSU proud sponsor of 2006 ‘Rivers & Spires' Festival April 20-22

Austin Peay State University students, faculty and staff will be more activeand visibleduring the 2006 Rivers & Spires Festival to be held April 20-22.

Taking up much of historic downtown Clarksville, the success of past festivals has grabbed national attention. After last year, it was named one of the Top 100 Events in North America for Group Travel by the American Bus Association.

More recently, the Southeast Tourism Society named it one of the top 20 events in the Southeast for April/May/June.
Austin Peay State University students, faculty and staff will be more activeand visibleduring the 2006 Rivers & Spires Festival to be held April 20-22.

Taking up much of historic downtown Clarksville, the success of past festivals has grabbed national attention. After last year, it was named one of the Top 100 Events in North America for Group Travel by the American Bus Association.

More recently, the Southeast Tourism Society named it one of the top 20 events in the Southeast for April/May/June.

All of this new exposure means more people from outside the local area are making plans to attend the event. As an example, the local Altrusa Club is hosting its four-state convention in Clarksville that week, so participants will be able to enjoy Rivers & Spires, too.

Since beginning in Spring 2003, Rivers & Spires has become the largest family event in Clarksville-Montgomery County, attracting about 35,000 people in 2005a 30 percent increase from the previous year. And organizers estimate that 21 percent of the crowd came from states other than Tennessee.

APSU President Dr. Sherry Hoppe said, “We're delighted to be an in-kind sponsor and partner of the festival. Besides posting Peay Pride signs throughout the festival site, many University departments and student organizations are making plans to participate, too.

“Besides providing family fun, the festival offers Austin Peay a great way to support the community that always is so supportive of it. And it's a new venue to get our name out to thousands of festival visitors.”

The 2006 Rivers & Spires Festival will feature five entertainment stages, 18 food and beverage vendors, a new shopping venue called “This, That and the Other,” along with the popular “Kidz Zone” and several teen concerts, with artists and groups to be announced soon.

Faculty whose students might be interested in participating in Rivers & Spires, through demonstrations, etc. please contact Lisa Martin, chair of the children's area, at ltmartin28@bellsouth.net or telephone Theresa Harrington, executive director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau at (931) 648-0001.

The deadline for entering a group event in the festival is March 24.

For more information about the festival, go to www.riversandspires.com. -- Dennie B. Burke