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Cambridge, Ohio prepares for 28th annual classic car cruise-in August 16
Cambridge, OHIO (August 11, 2014) – Car enthusiasts will come in droves to visit downtown Cambridge, Ohio, Saturday, August 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and enjoy the 28th annual Cambridge Classic Cruise-In.
More than 200 classic cars, trucks and hot rods will be on display along Cambridge’s main street (Wheeling Avenue) also known as the Historic National Road/ US Route 40. The road has the distinction of being a part of the nation’s first highway.
“The show has been named by Cruisin’ Times Magazine as one of the top 13 car shows in Ohio,” Cambridge/Guernsey County VCB Executive Director Debbie Robinson says. “This is a must-see event. We welcome more than 1,000 visitors to downtown. It’s a great feel-good event that harkens back to what Main Street America used to be 50-60 years ago. People love it.”
More than100 awards will be distributed, including the best of show, best truck, memorial trophy, largest club, oldest vehicle, and oldest driver. Trophies will also be awarded to each of the 20 classes, which include pre-40s antique and street rod, original and modified 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s, two wheel drive trucks, motorcycles, corvette class, special interest, sports compact, four wheel drive trucks, 4x4 Jeeps, Mustangs, and more.
Visitors may also enjoy merchant specials, a 50/50 drawing with door prizes, souvenir dash plaques, and event T-shirts while supplies last.
The show is open to all vehicles and registration is $10. Registration will take place from 10 a.m. – 12 noon with judging beginning at noon. Awards and trophies will be presented at 5 p.m.
The cruise-in is sponsored by Cambridge Classic Ford and Cambridge Main Street.
For more Cambridge/Guernsey County event information, call the VCB office at 800-933-5480 or log on to VisitGuernseyCounty.com.
Visitors & Convention Bureau grant program awards $13,000 to area tourism organizations
CAMBRIDGE, OHIO (July 22, 2014) – As part of its second annual Grant Assistance Program (GAP), the Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau awarded $13,000 to area tourism organizations and special events earlier this year. The VCB indicated recently the area is already feeling the benefits.
“We launched the program in 2013 to enhance and stretch the marketing dollars of our non-profit events and attractions that exhibit positive tourism potential in this region,” said Debbie Robinson, Cambridge/Guernsey County VCB Executive Director. “We had eight area organizations apply and receive grants totaling $13,000 in 2014. That’s an increase from $10,000 we distributed in 2013. The program is growing and so are our events.”
Robinson cited the Hopalong Cassidy Festival as an example of success. In May 2014 the festival welcomed more than 800 people (an increase of nearly 100 people from 2013) from 22 states and Canada and Australia. The festival estimates (from the visitors who completed an economic impact survey) the local economic impact was roughly $45,600.
Festival organizer Laura Bates said, “This is the second year the festival participated in the bureau’s GAP. The grant funding we received went toward enhancing the festival’s offerings. We also conducted a brief survey to learn more about our visitors, their interests, and how they heard about us. We will compile the data and use it in 2015 to streamline the event and determine additional avenues for publicizing.”
The program, designed to directly increase lodging occupancy in designated periods throughout the year, creates publicity for the Cambridge/ Guernsey County area at large and enhances the tourism environment in the immediate area.
“Special events contribute much more to the economic success of our community than one might initially think. When visitors attend an event they shop, dine, eat, and sleep locally. The also fill up at our gas stations and visit other attractions. It’s a win, win, win for everyone,” said Robinson.
The bureau’s Grant Assistance Program requires applicants to provide programs and activities beneficial to drawing tourists from a 100+ mile radius; and features new or expanded events, projects, or programs.
Robinson indicated grants are available from a minimum of $500 to $1,500 and are contingent upon the amount of overnight stays an event, project, or program generates. The bureau will seek new grant applicants for the 2015 program later this year.
For more Cambridge/Guernsey Co. event information, call the VCB office at 740-432-2022 or go to www.VisitGuernseyCounty.com.
2014 Cambridge/Guernsey County GAP Recipients
• Cambridge Lions Club
• Cambridge Main Street
• Dickens Victorian Village
• Hopalong Cassidy Fan Club
• Living Word Outdoor Drama
• National Cambridge Glass Collectors, Inc.
• Ohio Arts & Crafts Foundation
• The National Whitetail Deer Foundation
Nationally Known Speaker in Cambridge
to share information on “How to Create Customers for Life!”
Cambridge, Ohio (June 27, 2014) The Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau staff and board of directors are pleased to host a once in a life-time educational opportunity presented by the nationally known speaker, Joe Veneto, the Opportunity Guy, on Friday, July 11, 2014 from 10am – 2pm in Upstairs Theo's Restaurant located at 632 Wheeling Ave., Cambridge, Ohio 43725. The event is open to the public and cost is $18 per person.
The essential resource in any organization to deliver unforgettable customer experiences is the front-line staff of associates, docents and guides. Attendees will learn effective techniques for connecting and interacting with customers. Joe will uncover the five stages of any experience and discover how to dynamically deliver consistent results. Attendees will also acquire new skills to present compelling information, tell interesting stories and dramatically enhance their presence with customers to deliver unforgettable experiences that will create customers for life!
This presentation is geared toward all businesses, attractions and venues who greet visitors to our area, especially frontline workers, docents and guides. During his three hour presentation that includes lunch, Joe will cover the following key topic areas:
• Today's Customers & Experiences
• The Experience Formula
• Experience Stages & Creating customer connections
• Setting the tone for experiences - energy, preparation and mindset.
• Group dynamics and management
• Storytelling techniques and content delivery.
• Adding your experience and point of distinction.
To reserve your space today, contact Dawn Beasley at the VCB 740-432-2022. Checks can be made payable to Cambridge/Guernsey County VCB, or you may pay online. Registration and payment due by July 7, 2014.
Cambridge/Guernsey County Ohio offers affordable summer getaways for families, couples
CAMBRIDGE, OHIO (June 16, 2014) – Summer time is a mix of family reunions and vacations. Selecting a close-to-home destination offers families and couples an affordable getaway. Cambridge/Guernsey County, Ohio offers a unique blend of small-town charm and natural beauty.
“Whether it’s a relaxing getaway from home or a family reunion, Guernsey County has something to offer for everyone during the warm days of the summer season,” said
Debbie Robinson, Cambridge/Guernsey County VCB director. “Our close proximity, easy drive time, and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities make the region a prime location for gathering family and friends.”
Summer isn’t summer without a trip to the lake. With 3,550 acres of water, Seneca Lake is the third largest lake in Ohio, offering plenty of room for boating, swimming, and a family picnic in this scenic outdoor wonderland. A secluded retreat at Salt Fork State Park (the largest state park in Ohio) offers 3,000 acres of sparkling water with unlimited horsepower for skiing, power boating, cruising, or simply lounging.
Taste the freshness of summer with a relaxing “Chef in Vineyard Dinner” at Terra Cotta Vineyards. The dinners are offered once a month on Fridays when a multicourse dinner is served and concludes with a flaming dessert presentation overlooking the scenic landscape of the vineyard.
Don’t miss seeing and hear the drama of the ages beginning June 20. The Living Word Outdoor Drama hosts a vivid and passionate production of Christ’s life presented on a 400-foot panoramic set, designed to replicate Old Jerusalem. Each performance will be held every Friday and Saturday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the upcoming months.
Mark your calendars for the National Cambridge Glass Collectors Show & Sale on June 27 & 28 sponsored by the National Cambridge Collectors in conjunction with their annual convention. The event features a number of quality dealers, from regional to national, some of whom only exhibit at the show.
The 110th Ohio Hills Folk Festival will take place the weekend of July 9-12. Every year the Ohio Hills Folk Festival promises to be one of the region’s most timeless and family-oriented festivals. Parades are featured daily along with great food, entertainment, carnival rides, fireworks and music. Admission is free with the exception of the carnival.
Celebrating 46 years of bringing the arts to Guernsey County, the Salt Fork Arts & Crafts Festival brings Cambridge City Park to life with beauty and excitement on August 8-10. More than 200 artists participate in this unique festival, which includes craft classes, entertainment, fine arts and crafts, demonstrations, performing arts, showcase of Ohio foods, youth art display and much more.
Rounding out the summer is the 29th Annual Cambridge Classic Cruise-In on August 16. This nationally recognized car show features 200+ cars from the early 1900s to the 2000s. More than 100 awards will be distributed, including the best of show, best truck, memorial trophy, largest club, oldest vehicle, and oldest driver. Spectators are able to enjoy merchant specials, a 50/50 drawing with door prizes, souvenir dash plaques, and event T-shirts while supplies last.
CAMBRIDGE, OHIO (May 27, 2014) – The Visitors & Convention Bureau recently launched a new brochure and website page with the assistance of Dr. Lorle Porter and Tom Snyder to promote Guernsey County’s portion of the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail that features four interpretive heritage signs located in the county.
The 557-mile long trail consists of 56 interpretive signs and more than 600 specialized directional signs in Ohio. The trail generally follows the path of Confederate Brigadier-General John Hunt Morgan’s 1863 Indiana-Ohio Raid (also known as the Great Raid or Ohio Raid).
From July 13 – July 26, 1863, John Hunt Morgan’s Confederate cavalry pillaged towns and villages in Ohio until they were finally forced to surrender near West Point in Columbiana County. During that time, Morgan and his raiders left their mark in Guernsey County, making quite an impact on its citizens. On the evening of July 23, 1863, they entered Cumberland and confiscated horses and supplies. Leaving around 10 p.m., they traveled all night and arrived at the crossroads near Senecaville.
Following the directions of citizens, the raiders proceeded northward to present day Lore City, arriving near dawn on July 24. They laid a hand of heavy destruction in that town. Hot pursuit by Union Cavalry kept the Confederates moving northward where they took respite in the village of Washington (now known as Old Washington). By mid-morning, Union Cavalry had reached Morgan and his band of resting raiders, and a significant skirmish ensued.
The new interpretive signs present the historical information and stories about Morgan’s Indiana-Ohio Raid as it pertains to the location where each sign is placed. Each interpretive sign contains text and pictures which describe the scene as it would have appeared in 1863 to a person watching Morgan’s men ride by.
As you travel Guernsey County’s portion of the Morgan Heritage Trail, be sure to stop at the four interpretive markers located in Cumberland, Senecaville, Lore City and Old Washington.
To learn more about the raid, log on to VisitGuernseyCounty.com or contact us for the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail Rack Card.
CAMBRIDGE, OH (May 22, 2014) – The warmer weather ushers in a new season of visitors to Guernsey County area attractions and events. Many of the region’s attractions open in May and June for the season.
Stone House Museum – The Kennedys once lived here. Well, OK…so it’s not the Kennedys you’re thinking of, but none the less a Kennedy clan did stake their claim here. In 1837 Benjamin Kennedy, whose ancestors hailed from Ireland and Scotland, purchased an 80-acre tract of land in Guernsey County, and built a two-story home from sandstone quarried nearby. During the mid-1900s the State of Ohio purchased the land and transformed it into Salt Fork State Park. In 2002, the Stone House Museum (the last remaining original homestead structure) was converted into a museum and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Open May – October Friday through Monday 1-5 p.m. To learn more, call 740-439-3521 or visit www.kennedystonehouse.org.
Farmers Markets – Both the Cambridge Main Street and Guernsey County Farmers Markets are open for the season. You can take your pick from homegrown fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and homemade goods at either market. The Guernsey County Farmers Market takes place on Thursdays from 8am-12noon at the Guernsey County Fairgrounds. The Cambridge Main Street Farmers Market opens every Friday from 9am-1pm near the Guernsey County Courthouse in downtown Cambridge. Take your pick or visit both! For more information, check out www.guernseycountyfarmersmarket.com.
The Living Word Outdoor Drama - The Living Word is a non-denominational amphitheater depicting the moving and powerful life and ministry of Christ. Presenting “the greatest story ever told” on a spectacular 400 foot panoramic permanent set, you will witness His last days from the Sermon on the Mount to His Ascension. See and hear His teachings of love and forgiveness, His betrayal, the Crucifixion, and His triumphant Resurrection! Experience this beautiful and inspiring production and be changed! Season opens on Fridays and Saturdays beginning June 20. Tickets: Adults: $18; Children (4-12): $5; Seniors (60 and up): $16; Group rate for 20 or more adults: $15. To learn more, call 740-439-2761 or visit www.livingworddrama.org.
the Wilds - One of the largest and most innovative wildlife conservation centers in the world, is located on 10,000 acres near Cambridge. Home to rare and endangered species from around the world, visitors can board a guided Safari Transport or Open-Air Safari to see and learn about the animals living in open-range habitats, including a visit to the Mid-Sized Carnivore Conservation Center. The Wilds is open daily May through September and on
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Saturday and Sunday in October. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Log on to www.thewilds.org to learn more.
Zipline Safari Tour at the Wilds - Enjoy the Wilds from an aerial perspective! Led by two professionally trained guides, this 2 ½ hour zipline safari tour consists of 10 ziplines and a rappel built on a series of observation platforms overlooking various exotic animal species that are home to the Wilds. You'll zip along a network of cables, through the trees, over the animal watering holes, lakes, and pastures, finally landing among the amazing giraffes. This tour is designed to excite anyone with a love for wildlife and a bit of adventure. Don’t miss this incredible, first of its kind, outdoor experience during your visit to the Wilds! To reserve your tour, log onto www.zipthewilds.com.
John & Annie Glenn Museum - Experience history and learn about life during the Great Depression and the Home Front during WWII through a captivating living history presentation. Open May - October Wed. - Sat. 10am - 4pm and Sun. 1pm - 4pm. Will open for groups by appointment. Adults - $7.00 Seniors (55 & up) - $6.00 Groups of 10 or more - $6.00 ea. Students of all ages - $3.00. Students in organized groups - $2.00. Children under 6 – free. For more information, visit www.johnglennhome.org.
National Road/Zane Grey Museum - This Ohio Historical Society Facility, managed by the John & Annie Glenn Museum Foundation, tells the story of the building of the National Road and the settlement of America’s Midwest. Also featured is an exhibit on author Zane Grey, the “Father of Western Fiction” and a spectacular collection of locally-made Art Pottery. Guided tours; buses welcome. May through October Wed. – Sat. 10am – 4pm and Sunday 1pm – 4pm. Check out www.ohiohistory.org for more information.
Columbus, Ohio (April 21, 2014) – Recently five Guernsey County tourism industry partners traveled to Columbus, Ohio to learn about creating and distributing good social media content. The Focus on Tourism Workshop sponsored by the Ohio Travel Association was held at the office of the Columbus Dispatch.
Kim Israel (l) and Kitrina Mazaher, Living Word Outdoor Drama; Shauna Hearing, Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau; Kim Valentine, Dickens Victorian Village and Donna Hill, Cambridge Main Street learned how to create content that appeals to the intended audience and heard tips for organizing and building a development process and examined best practices for ensuring content is distributed to, and discovered by the target audience.
Presenters were Betsy Decillis, CCO, Betsy A. Decillis Consulting; Jenna Dill, Tourism Marketing Manager for Athens County CVB: Megumi Robinson, Account Manager, Geben Communications and Ty Pierce, Multimedia Services Manager, Ohio Historical Society.
For information on attractions and events in Cambridge/Guernsey County check out the social media pages by logging onto VisitGuernseyCounty.com or call 740-432-2022 or toll free 800-933-5480. The Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau is located in Historic Downtown Cambridge at 627 Wheeling Avenue, Suite 200. Hours of operation are 8am-5pm Monday – Friday and 9am-5pm on Saturday.
VCB now accepting nominations for annual Tourism Awards
CAMBRIDGE, OHIO (March 3, 2014) – Each year the Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitor & Convention Bureau recognizes individuals and organizations in the community for their outstanding efforts in promoting the region’s tourism industry.
Do you know an individual or organization that deserves to be recognized? The VCB is currently accepting nominations for the Tourism Development Award, Tourism Volunteer Award and the Recognition of Service Excellence (The ROSE Award).
Nominees for these awards are solicited from any person who wishes to submit the name and requested information of an eligible recipient on the appropriate form to the VCB office by April 11. Recipients will be announced during a special reception in conjunction with the Annual National Travel & Tourism Week celebration. Forms are available online. Go to VisitGuernseyCounty.com and click on “Industry.”
The Tourism Development Award honors the individual, organization, or business that has done the most to develop tourism in Guernsey County within the past calendar year.
The Tourism Volunteer Award honors an individual or organization that has done the most to further the growth of tourism in Guernsey County within the last calendar year on a volunteer basis.
The ROSE (Recognition of Service Excellence) Award is presented to the individual who has done the most to further the growth of tourism in Cambridge/Guernsey County within the last calendar year on a professional basis through service excellence.