Walkin' on Main, Tilted Earth on Council agenda

COTTONWOOD - City Council is set to meet Tuesday to give awards and discuss street closures for Walkin' on Main and the continuation of the Tilted Earth Festival.

There will be a presentation of 2016 Thunder Valley Rally Ambassador awards to recipients Mayor Diane Joens, Councilmember Terence Pratt, and City Manager Doug Bartosh. Oct.16 will be proclaimed as "National Feral Cat Day."

Council is expected to approve applications for Wine Festival/Fair Licenses for members of the Verde Valley Wine Consortium for the annual Walkin' on Main event scheduled for Nov. 12.

According to the City Council agenda, the Verde Valley Wine Consortium promotes the local wine industry through events and advocacy. They facilitate the wine tasting at Walkin' on Main to raise funds to support their mission. Each participating winery will provide the City with a wine festival license, and a certificate of insurance. 

Council will discuss the Walkin' on Main request for the Main Street road closure, from Main Street and Pima Street to Main Street and Cactus Street, along with the closure of the Gateway Parking lot. According to the agenda, the Community Services Department is requesting the closures Nov. 12 from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the event. Walkin' on Main has taken place in Old Town with this similar road closure since 2008.

The event features wine tasting, live blues and jazz music, a car show, historical society booths, and an art show.

Council will discuss the continuation of the Tilted Earth Festival for 2017. Tilted Earth took place June 17-18 at Riverfront Park. According to the agenda, the program received rave reviews from attendees as indicated by the surveys collected.

Overall attendance was approximately 2,500 and the event hosted four national acts, northern Arizona wineries, and gourmet food trucks. During the event, staff collected 295 sample surveys from the population that attended the event.

City Council meets at 4 p.m. at 826 N. Main St. in Cottonwood.

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