By STEVE KNIGHT/The Lufkin News
Tickets are available for Corks and Forks, according to Tara Watson-Watkins, executive director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The event, which will feature Lufkin’s finest chefs and caterers showcasing appetizers and desserts paired with wine and champagne, takes place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Abram’s, at 112 S. First St. in downtown Lufkin.
Watson-Watkins made the announcement of the availability of tickets during the monthly meeting of the LCVB Board of Directors in Lufkin on Thursday.
“This is our fourth-annual event, and we’re thrilled that we once again are seeing tickets selling,” Watson-Watkins said. “The moment we put it on Facebook we started selling tickets.”
Only 300 tickets are available for this year’s edition, she said. Bryan Harkness is scheduled to perform live music.
“We’re really excited this year that not only do we have restaurants and caterers, but we have new wines coming, and for the first time we’ll have different kinds of beers to sample.”
Sponsors include Brookshire Brothers, Abram’s and A-1 Party Rentals. Participants include Noble Vines, Michelob Ultra, Columbia Crest, Cartlidge and Browne, Bogle Vineyards and Apothic.
Check www.visitlufkin.com for an updated listing of participating restaurants and wineries.
Tickets are $30. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau at 633-0349 or stop by the office at 1615 S. Chestnut.
In other action, board members approved sponsorships for two upcoming sporting events.
Members approved a $3,000 sponsorship for the UIL regional girls and boys basketball tournaments at Angelina College. The girls tournament takes place Feb. 27-28 and the boys tournament March 6-7. The sponsorship offsets the cost of hosting the tournament.
Members also approved a $5,000 sponsorship for an Adams Golf Pro Tour Series event that will take place Aug. 3-8 at Crown Colony Country Club.
According to Lin Lentz, the club’s general manager, a practice day for contestants will take place on Aug. 3, a pro-am day pairing three sponsored golfers with one of the competing professionals will take place on Aug. 4 and tournament play will start Aug. 5.
Adams Golf officials estimate that a field of 120 participants will generate 400 room nights in the Lufkin area. Local convention and visitor bureaus in cities that host Adams Golf events have estimated that the economic impact for a week-long event to be around $400,000.