Tourism leaders joining a three-county program

Tourism leaders along Corridor H are banding together in a regional effort to bring travelers to the three-county area.

Laura Meadows, executive director of the Upshur County Convention and Visitors Bureau, told the CVB’s board of directors recently that it will join Lewis and Randolph counties for a program called “33 Things to Do Along Route 33.”

Meadows said the CVBs are working to put together three-day trip packages for $333 or less.

“Hopefully, it will be a success, and we can expand on it as we go,” she said.

The three groups are applying for a state grant to fund the program. Meadows said a presentation to the state leaders should be done some time in July.

The packages could include an outdoor trip, a girls’ only weekend and a family weekend.

Meadows said the three counties will try to evenly split the projected tourism stops in each county.

She said the program aims to highlight spots along Corridor H, so the state “can see we are on board with (the road’s completion).”

In other matters, the Upshur CVB selected its new slate of officers for the 2013-14 year.

The board selected Lisa Wharton as president, Kathleen Loughney as vice president, Jane Helmick as treasurer and Joseph Reed as secretary. They will assume office July 1.

Meadows said registration forms for West Virginia’s Largest Yard Sale, a joint venture Aug. 2-3 with Lewis County, have been sent out.

She said maps guiding bargain hunters to various stops in the two counties should be posted to the CVB’s website by the beginning of July.

“Our website sees a huge amount of traffic in July,” Meadows said.

“We want to put the maps online early so people can plan their trip,” she said.