Local groups hope to attract residents seeking financial stability.
Longstanding event began after a long hike and a request for music.
Members of band, orchestra and choirs eligible for free tickets.
A national search for his successor is underway.
Donors' names will be displayed prominent places at the site for gifts of $1M or $500K.
Children's book author Roni Ashford draws inspiration from her hometown, heritage and childhood.
The town, which once housed 1000s of minors, now welcomes 1000s of tourists each day.
"Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Sydney has the opera house, Pisa has the leaning tower and we have the London Bridge."
Designation aims to draw millennial foodies to authentic, local eateries.