Washington visitors & tourism review bus tour
The Washington Visitors and Tourism Committee met Monday, June 10, at the Super 8 Motel conference room. Ten members and two guests were present.
A tour bus from Knoxville arrived in Washington on June 4. Tour guide Fred Stark reported on the day and said it exceeded his expectations. Gary McCurdy shared evaluations from those who participated. The tour began at the Washington County Extension Office with Carol Wehr giving a program on honey bees. They viewed the replica of the world’s tallest corn stalk before taking a barn quilt tour of the Amish Loop with tour guide Rosemary Pacha. The group enjoyed the Americana and collectibles at Hal Colliver’s farm south of West Chester.
The tour group lunched at café dodici and toured the historic downtown district, F-Troop Museum, Conger House Museum and Wooden Wheel Vineyards. Music was also provided by The Tubador.
Visitors and Tourism will create more itineraries with an effort to not cover so much in one tour and allow visitors to spend more time at each stop. Coupons were donated by five local businesses. This was the second tour bus in Washington in the last 60 days.
Gary McCurdy gave an update on the planning of the Washington 175th Anniversary celebration. A steering committee is in place. The celebration will be held June 1-8, 2014, with different themes each day. More information will be shared as it develops.
Updates have been made to the historical site brochure and discussion was held about the 50-page historical booklet the group designed last year. Carol Wehr and Nancy Adrian will work to develop a county history tour and fundraiser.
Washington events are currently being listed on the Travel Iowa Web site at <www.traveliowa.com>.
Advertising copy was shared that will appear in the hotel/motel room books in Washington which will promote local attractions and points of interest. Michelle Peiffer discussed Roadtrippin’ that will be filmed in Washington tentatively on June 27.
The Eastern Iowa Tourism Association annual meeting will be held in Fairfield on June 26. Several members may attend. The Chamber may be sponsoring the Carson & Barnes Circus on Aug. 12. Details will be finalized soon. The Chamber received a grant to do a marketing analysis and Michele will provide information on this at the next meeting.
The Visitors and Tourism group will meet again on July 8 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Mi Pueblo Real. For more information on being a part of this group, contact Heather Schultz at 319-653-6621.