August 24, 2007
Albany - - Mayor Willie Adams says he's glad to have played a part in keeping the Quail Unlimited Celebrity Hunt in Albany. For the past 20 years, the event's been held at the Civic Center, now it will be headquartered at Darton College.
Monday, Quail Unlimited officials said they suffered sticker shock when they saw a proposal from the Albany Civic Center Director John Mazzola, raising prices for equipment rental and services there and were considering other cities to move the hunt to.
Evans credits Mayor Willie Adams and Chamber of Commerce Officials for helping hammer out a deal with Darton College to keep the Hunt in Albany and the wildlife conservation group will pay less than they did at the Civic Center for the last 20 years.
Plantation owners in Albany and Mayor Adams say its a win win for all.
"They won't have to worry about paying for parking and they won't have to worry about paying for security so those are two items that they will save on and to me its just a sound business decision," Adams says.
"Well I love it, I think its the greatest thing that could happen to Albany as far as I'm concerned. The Quail Unlimited Celebrity Hunt is the highlight of our year," says Glenn Dowling, owner of Partridge Pea Plantation.
Quail Unlimited President Rocky Evans said they have no hard feelings against the Civic Center, they were just working out the best business deal they could. Evans said they have agreed to host the Celebrity Hunt at Darton College for at least three years, with an option for a fourth.