Each spring, the Backroads Heritage organization hosts a spring dinner showcasing a speaker who is involved with a tourism-related business.

This year, Debbie Ball, director of marketing for Pick TN Products with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, will be the featured speaker. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture gives tremendous focus to “buy local” and “from farm to table” in their marketing and promotions of Tennessee made products, both in services, manufacturing and agri-tourism businesses.

Ball has been the face for Pick TN Products with state government for nearly 10 years. She works very closely with food manufacturers, farms, distilleries, private label products and various other related agriculture services.

The event is set for Thursday, April 25, with the silent auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. and dinner being served at 6 p.m. at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall. The cost is $25 per person, and reservations must be made. For more information, please call the Backroads’ office at 615-613-5627. The event is open to the general public.

The event will also feature an outstanding silent auction with an abundance of items being offered by major businesses. The silent auction is a fundraiser at this event which allows the non-profit organization to obtain funds to further promote the tourism businesses of their members. A live auction will be held as well.

Backroads Heritage group actively promotes tourism in the Southern Middle Tennessee area and represents the communities between the I-65 and I-24 corridors, including seven counties, Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore, and the Monteagle Mountain area and various members from neighboring communities.

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