The Grove Convention and Tourism Bureau approved at their recent meeting to lease a billboard on the Will Rogers Turnpike from the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.

The one-year lease for the 8-foot by 16-foot billboard is $2,400.

“The turnpike traffic coming from Joplin will see the billboard,” said Donnie Crain, Grove Area Chamber of Commerce executive director.

The billboard is located about a quarter-of-a mile from the Afton exit and will showcase different large scale photographs of Grand Lake and host banners when specific events are being held, he said.

The hotel/motel tax brought in $10,588.83 in revenue for the month of June for receipts received in April. This was a 5.5 percent decrease from the same time last year. For the ending fiscal year, the motel tax brought in $117,606.92, a 2.1 percent increase over last year.

“We were up and moving in the right direction,” said Debbie Bottoroff, assistant city manager.

Brent Malone, Grove Convention and Tourism Board executive director updated the board on Grove angler Sheldon Collings.

“He is leading in ‘Rookie-of-the Year’ and this is real good for us,” Malone said. “Anything he does, he talks about Grove.”

Food Truck Friday is set for July 6 and the Southern Drag Boat Race is set for July 7 and 8 at Wolf Creek Park.

Crain also addressed the board about Toes In The Grand Festival held in June.

"We had hoped for more,” Crain said referring to the visitor turnout.

Around 3,500 visitors, including 700 out of town visitors, were at the two-day festival, he said. 

Economically visitors spent $65,000 and 156 rooms were book, Crain said.

Several Parrot Head chapters attended, including chapters from Oklahoma City and Wichita that brought between 35 to 40 members, he said.

Parrot Heads is an organization under the umbrella of Parrot Heads in Paradise, Inc. affiliated with Jimmy Buffett.

In financial information, the board has spent $2,832.31 in salaries; $200 in contract services and $1,500 in marketing.

Members Hitesh Patel and John Wells were not in attendance.