Tourism office represents area at state fair

Tourism office represents area at state fair

LOUISVILLE The Ashland/Boyd County Convention and Visitors Bureau has been helping Kentucky State fairgoers get a taste of Eastern Kentucky.

The bureau has teamed up with other nearby tourism offices including Pike County, Paintsville and Mount Sterling to form a booth in the Pride of the Counties showcase at the fair in Louisville.

The booth has a main focus on the U.S. 23 Country Music Highway, but also features local entertainment, art and recreational activities.

“We want to promote our area,” said Tourism Director Sue Dowdy.

Since the fair began last Thursday, Dowdy said members of the tourism office along with a few Boyd County residents have also been present at the booth to represent what the community embodies. Local guests have included the Boyd County Home Makers and Travis Williams, owner of Trappers Wood Carvings.

Dowdy touched on the importance of tourism, saying it is a huge industry. She added this is why the booth has such a significance at the fair, which had an attendance of 564,937 last year.

“We want to attract people to our area and we want them to come visit our natural beauty along with art and culture and everything we have,” she said.

The Kentucky State  Fair will come to a close on Sunday.

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