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Wednesday, 16 December 2009

December 17-- The Vidalia Onion Museum and the Vidalia Onion Committee are recipients of $30,000 in federal funds.

Wendy Brannen, Executive Director of the Vidalia® Onion Committee and Chairperson of the Vidalia® Onion Museum Committee, applied for the grant through the Georgia Department of Agriculture.


Brannen receives grant check from Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin (right) and Deputy Commissioner Terry Coleman.

She says $20,0000s will go towards completion of Brannen’s pet project, the Vidalia® Onion Museum retrofit and renovation, which is now just 40-thousand dollars shy of the 215-thousand total project cost.  “I was absolutely floored that I managed to get this money from Block Grant Funding,” Brannen gushed.  “Honestly, I figured the hours spent writing this one would be in vain.  The news felt like winning the lottery!”

The Vidalia® Onion Museum Committee plans a soft open of the new museum by Vidalia® Onion Festival week this spring, and the growers and packers of the Vidalia® Onion Committee have pledged the large sum of money needed for a wide-scale grand opening and media event later in 2010.  Exhibit installation and content development are currently underway. 

The remaining $10,000 will go for website renovations for the www.VidaliaOnion.org website, which is the Official Vidalia® Onion Website and is owned and maintained by the Vidalia® Onion Committee.  Says Brannen of her plans for the site, “Like it or not, social media is a growing piece of the marketing pie.  This infusion to our web budget will help us catch up.  Yumion already has his own Facebook page (search for Yumion V. Onion to become his friend), but now we’ll be able to Twitter, post Vidalia® onion recipe blogs, and so forth.”  





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