The annual Booneville Development Corporation/South Logan County Chamber of Commerce banquet will be held Saturday night at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
In addition to the annual awards presentation of volunteer of the year, Chamber member of the year and the Jeral Hampton Lifetime Achievement Award, attendees will hear from NFL referee Walt Coleman.
Three times an alternate referee for the Super Bowl, including Super Bowl LI this year between Atlanta and New England, Coleman will actually be making his third trip to Booneville for a speaking engagement.
Coleman addressed a Chamber banquet crowd in 2006 and another at the 8th annual Boys & Girls Club of South Logan County banquet three years later.
The later came on the heels of a controversial call in a game between Baltimore and Pittsburgh that went in favor of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who went on to win the Super Bowl.
Coleman was also involved in the infamous “Tuck Rule” game in 2002 that preceded New England’s first Super Bowl. The rule was later abolished in a 29-1 vote.
In addition to working as an NFL referee, Coleman also oversaw the Coleman Dairy in Little Rock, which launched in 1864 but has has since become Hiland Dairy. He is a sixth generation operator of the company and is a former president of the Arkansas Dairy Products Association and Major Sports Association of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Coleman, who spent 14 years as an Arkansas Activities Association official before moving on to the Southland Conference and the Southwest Conference before being hired by the NFL was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
The evening will get underway with socializing from 5:30 to 6 p.m., at which time silent auction items will be available for bidding.
For tickets or more information, contact the Booneville Development Corporation/South Logan County Chamber of Commerce at 675-2666.