Logan County Tourist & Convention Commission hosted an Agri Tourism Luncheon last Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Main Street Theater in down town Russellville. This luncheon was an effort of the Tourism Commission to bring together several key groups and local Agri Tourism Businesses to help determine ways that Logan County can better serve and promote these businesses. Speaking at the luncheon that day were Jimmy Davenport- Russellville City Councilman/Acting Main Street Director; Katie Moyer- Field Rep for Governor Matt Bevin; Amanda Baker- Logan County Chamber of Commerce; Leann Martin- UK Logan County Cooperative Extension; Tom Harned- Logan LEAD, and Dee Dee Brown from Logan County Tourism. Several local Agri Tourism Businesses were represented at the luncheon as well.
“Logan County is blessed with many such businesses,” said Logan County Tourist & Convention Commission Chair Janie Gregory. “Logan County Tourism is interested in trying to bring these businesses together to help better promote them and bring visitors to this area specifically to tour their locations.”
Tom Harned commented that he believed this was one of the first times that LEAD, Tourism, the Chamber, the Extension Cooperative and Main Street had all partnered together on one event, ever that he could remember.
A coalition steering committee has formed from this luncheon to continue the initiative has began to promote Logan County Agri Tourism Businesses. The steering committee will be Tom Harned, Dee Dee Brown, Amanda Baker and Leann Martin.
“Logan County Tourism is very pleased with the outcome of the luncheon,” said Gregory. “We are planning to get to work on promoting these businesses. We are looking in to printing and distributing some Agri Tourism Brochures as well as planning a Farm to Table Event/Farm Festival on the Carrico Square in Russellville. We look forward to all the possibilities that lie ahead. We plan to keep the ball rolling. The luncheon was just the beginning of good things to come through this partnership.”
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