The idea of a new community festival celebrating Radcliff’s diversity is being considered.

Festival organizer Toshie Singleton Murrell presented the idea at Radcliff City Council’s work session Mon­day in hopes of securing support for use of city property and assistance from local law enforcement.

Murrell said the Celeb­rate Radcliff Cultural Festival hopes to showcase the diverse community through food booths, art exhibits, entertainment and a parade. With plans to make the festival an annual event, Murrell said she hopes it eventually could provide an economic stimulus for the city by attracting out-of-town visitors.

The tentative date for the inaugural festival is Sept. 14.

“We need to bring something back to Radcliff that is going to be consistent and ongoing annually,” she said.

Murrell said the festival is being organized by a steering committee called the Radcliff Community Council. She said the committee is made up of herself, T.W. Shortt, Pam Ogden and Selena Hudson, along with Radcliff City Council members Tanya Seabrooks and Pam DeRoche.

Murrell said she hopes the festival’s steering committee will function similar to the Elizabethtown Heritage Council, which organizes the annual BBQ, Blues & Bikes event each Memorial Day weekend in downtown Elizabethtown.

She said she has met with the Heritage Council for guidance on festival elements such as vendor lists.

“They have it down to a science,” she said. “Obvi­ously, we can learn from that for this one.”

Although the council expressed no objections to the festival, Councilman Chris Yates questioned the possibility of using Radcliff City Park for it because of parking limitations. Murrell said she is open to festival location suggestions.

Other items at Monday’s meeting included analysis of a finalized trash collection agreement with Waste Management approved in November, along with the discussion of a new elevator maintenance contract for city-owned buildings. A vote on three bid proposals is expected during Tuesday’s monthly council meeting.

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1746 or acritchelow@thenewsenterprise.com.

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