News release issued by the Parsons Chamber of Commerce
The Parsons Chamber of Commerce established a partnership with the Labette Community College Communication Department to offer students the opportunity to gain work experience in the field of public relations. Sophomores Laura Lambert of Desoto, KS and Juan Zorrilla of Houston, TX will assist the Chamber of Commerce by helping promote the Katy Days Festival. Following graduation this May, Lambert and Zorrilla plan to attend universities to pursue communication degrees.
Katy Days, a family event held annually on Memorial Day Weekend, is a three-day festival celebrating Parsons Railroad heritage and the historical impact of the M.K.T. Railroad. The festival takes place in Forest Park featuring "miniature train" rides, a track laying demonstration, the Miss Katy Queen Coronation, an array of food venders, a beer garden, live music, children's activities, and concludes on Sunday with church service in the park and an antique and railroad auction. Visit katydays.com for more information and to view a complete list of events planned for May 24-26.
The Katy Days Board orchestrates the festival each year and receives assistance promoting the event from the Chamber/Labette County Tourism. Students helping promote Katy Days are working under the supervision of Jim Zaleski, Executive Director of the Parsons Chamber of Commerce/Labette County Tourism; Jonna Fearmonti-Gabbert, Director of PR, Marketing & Events for the Chamber/Labette County Tourism; and Tonya Bell, Associate Professor of Communication at LCC.
According to Bell, "This partnership provides Communication majors the opportunity to intern with the Chamber gaining real-life work experience in the world of public relations and advertising."