Oktoberfest, Film Fest, Miglia Awarded Loudoun Tourism Grants

The Lovettsville Oktoberfest, the Middleburg Film Festival and the Town of Middleburg’s Mille Miglia rally have been awarded $25,000 grants from the county’s transient occupancy tax fund.

By state law a portion of the tax, on stays at places like hotels and bed and breakfasts, must be spent on encouraging tourism and travel, such as by funding events that attract visitors to the area. Loudoun County disburses some of that funding with grants to support events and agriculture-based businesses, but for the past two years the grant program was suspended due to the drop in travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. This year the grants have returned, with $973,000 available for the grants, supplemented by $150,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s American Rescue Plan Act Tourism Recovery Program.

This year after evaluating grant applications, county staff members recommended $25,000 grants for Oktoberfest, the Middleburg Film Festival and the Mille Miglia; a $9,500 grant for the nonprofit Chhandayan for the Dewali Festival Celebration; $9,000 for the Sweet Jazz Festival; and $6,000 for The Freedom Celebration at One Family Brewing.

The Loudoun Jazz Society and Georges Mill Farm were denied grants. The jazz society had proposed developing a Loudoun Youth Jazz Orchestra; the funding for the farm would have supported its springtime events during spring baby goat season such as petting, feeding, and “goat camp” for children.

Supervisors approved the funding unanimously on July 19.

One thought on “Oktoberfest, Film Fest, Miglia Awarded Loudoun Tourism Grants

  • 2022-07-22 at 1:31 pm
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    Boondoggles wasting taxpayer money never end! Granted, those all sound like wonderful events but spending tax revenue on such items that ought to be funded by private sponsors is just the latest example of out-of-control government spending.

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