JUL 2016

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Museum, is a two-story showcase with authen- tic artifacts and exhibits of and about the Mis- sissippi River, Mississippi Delta history, nature and culture. It even has four small freshwater aquariums. The city's 6,000 sleeping rooms include many at upscale resort casinos. Tunica Meeting Space • Tunica Arena and Exposition Center: 48,000 square feet of exhibition space on arena floor; 13,000-square-foot concourse; 1,175 square feet of meeting space; kitchen areas; adjacent pavilion with 100,000 square feet of exposition area Yazoo County The Mississippi county with the most fun name has accolades aplenty. It was a 2015 Conven- tionSouth Readers' Choice Award winner, won the Delta's Best Tourism award in 2014 from the Mississippi Delta Strategic Compact, is a three-time winner of CVB of the Year from the Mississippi Tourism Association, and well known for its special brand of Bentonia blues, celebrated with a big festival every summer, its world-championship barbecue and its place in Civil War history. A couple of great outdoor assets are also in the area, little known except to locals. The 18,000- acre, 15-mile-long Wolf Lake is located eight miles northwest of Yazoo City off Highway 149. The 40,000 acres of bottomland hardwood forests and bayous in the Panther Swamp National Wild- life Refuge are also close by. Yazoo County is located only 30 minutes north of the Jackson, Mississippi, metropolitan area. Yazoo City The Gateway to the Delta, Yazoo City is deemed the "largest single area" to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, with both residential and commercial areas in- cluded. The Yazoo City Town Center Historic District can be enjoyed on walking or driving tours of homes or of churches. Restored and brightly painted buildings, most built in 1904, line the streets and offer craft and antique mar- kets, clothing shops, furniture, enticing restau- rants and more. "Yazoo City is the county seat of Yazoo County, located on the edge of the fabled Mis- sissippi Delta," noted Shanitra Finley, executive director of the Yazoo County CVB. "We have a unique history and heritage, and a small-town vibe, coupled with an active business commu- nity that has embraced the modernity that ► J U L Y 2 0 1 6 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 49 M I S S I S S I P P I Yazoo City is known for its tours of homes and churches but also has a haunting witch experience as well.

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