McKinney residents and visitors will be celebrating everything from crape myrtles to fireworks – and a mix of more than 100 other activities – during the month-long Bloomin’ and Boomin’, which kicks off Friday, June 10.
“Summer is a busy time and with McKinney having so many arts, humanities and outdoor offerings available, many of our cultural organizations worked together to fill the calendar from June 10 through July 4 with a little sample of everything that makes McKinney a wonderful place to live and visit,” said McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Diann Bayes.
The idea for Bloomin’ and Boomin’ came about during a meeting of McKinney’s Cultural Tourism Coalition roughly a year ago. Facilitating the meeting on behalf of the MCVB, Bayes explained to the group during that meeting that her organization would handle the marketing efforts for the celebration if the groups could handle scheduling and planning their own activities.
“The MCVB applied for and received a grant from the McKinney Community Development Corporation for additional promotional dollars and the MCVB worked with a planning committee to decide on the logo – it was designed by McKinney’s own Day 6 Creative – and collect the activity information to put together all the data needed for the website and brochure,” Bayes explained. “Bloomin’ and Boomin’ has truly been a group effort across the entire community. And now we’ll all be able to enjoy the more than 100 activities taking place from this week through July 4.”
The month kicks off on Friday, June 10, with the dedication of the Crape Myrtle Trails World Collection Park and ends with the city’s annual July 4th celebration, Red White & BOOM! Organizations and attractions throughout the city have filled the calendar with daily activities, all in the interest of allowing visitors and residents alike to experience the eclectic and exciting mix of culture McKinney has to share.
“There will be a little something for everyone whether you like outdoor activities, stage productions, a parade and car show, concerts, homemade ice cream, or Second Saturday art exhibits and live music on the square,” Bayes said. “So many of the events we already have monthly or annually fit perfectly into this time frame, things like Jammin’ in June, the Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off at Chestnut Square, which is this Saturday, June 11, and the many camps for kids. Then other new first time events like the Crape Myrtle Trails World Collection Park dedication in Craig Ranch and the Wild West Freedom Fest at Storybook Ranch help round out the calendar so that residents and visitors can find something every day during the month that they’d like to take part in.”
A complete schedule for this month-long celebration is available online at www.BloominandBoomin.com with updates being posted on the Facebook page of the same name. Event information and web links are also available on the city’s new Smartphone app, “Visit McKinney Texas,” available free from the Apple app store for iPhone and iPad (and by month’s end for Droid). As always, the McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website, www.VisitMcKinney.com, also contains a full community calendar. For more information, contact the MCVB at 888-649-8499 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .