By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times
A request for additional funding for the upcoming Glasgow Highland Games was granted Tuesday afternoon by the Glasgow-Barren County Tourist and Convention Commission.
Robert Harrison, president of the Glasgow Highland Games, requested $15,000 due to one of the event’s biggest sponsors not being able to contribute this year.
“Ever since the Glasgow Highland Games started, Donnelley’s has done, at no cost to us, our program book,” he said. “This year they told us, as well as many other activities and groups, even the chamber [of commerce] itself, they were cutting back on what they were able to give to other organizations within the community.”
Instead of a 64-page program book, the games will have a 16-page one that is being produced by a local printer, Jobe Publishing Inc.
With a smaller program book, only the basic information will be included. The program book will also have fewer advertisements, which means a decrease in funding for the event of $4,500 to $5,000.
“We appreciate whatever you give us, but if you could possibly give us the $15,000 that we asked for that would get us close to where we need to be with the budget,” Harrison said.
In 2013, commissioners voted to contribute $12,500 toward the games.
Commissioner Karin Baldwin-Carroll spoke in favor of making the contribution to the event and said, “They are being cut everywhere else it seems. You don’t want it to go away.”
Ann Stewart, marketing director for the commission, said she has received more inquiries about the games this year than she’s had in previous years.
In making his presentation to commissioners, Harrison mentioned the chief of the games this year will be Marquis of Lothian, chief of Clan Kerr, who is considered to be one of the more important individuals in Scotland and Great Britain.
“He is a member of the House of Lords. He is on one of the chief committees for the House of the Lords,” said Harrison, adding he was skeptical that the chief would come to the games because he has not been to a games in the United States since 1985. “I thought it was worth taking the chance to get him to come.”
Also, Harrison pointed out the games will feature, for the first time, a women’s Scottish athletic competition.
“We are going to have with us this year the reigning world champion female Scottish athlete. We are also going to have the lady who is ranked number two in the world,” he said. “To me it is very, very exciting. I firmly believe in women’s athletics and girls’ athletics. I think it’s right for us to do this, and I think it would be very exciting.”
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