PRESTONSBUR – The Prestonsburg Tourism Commission met for its regular monthly meeting at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC) on Tuesday.
The commission took nominations for the position of tourism treasurer. After a unanimous vote, Joanna Joiner, General Manager of Brookshire Inn, was voted in as tourism treasurer and accepted the position.
Also on the monthly agenda was the commission’s new media marketing campaign. Prestonsburg Tourism Director Mitchell Pearson discussed the new WYMT commercial that will promote Prestonsburg and all of the activities it has to offer. The commercial will kick off focusing on the Cincinnati, Ohio area and eventually run in Huntington, W.Va. and Abingdon, Va.
The tourism commission also plans to have a new and updated City of Prestonsburg Visitor’s Guide completed by the end of the summer.
With the overwhelming success of the first Paddle Fest, the commission voted to continue to offer the fun activity each month, with the next Paddle Fest planned for June 25.
“Paddle Fest was a true success with well over 100 people enjoying the beautiful scenery along the Big Sandy River,” said Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton. In the future we hope to have signs along the river possibly detailing what mile kayakers are on, motivation signs that encourage them to just keep rowing and maybe even some music along the river trail.”
PThe restonsburg Tourism Commission has joined partnership with Paintsville Tourism to sponsor a billboard on U. S. 23 promoting Paddle Fest.
The finale of the Road to Fame contest will be held July 7 at Gearheart Auditorium in Big Sandy Community and Technical College. The commission is still in working on the new songwriter’s CD featuring music by artists from Tuesday Night Songwriters Scene.
The meeting closed with Alan Rose, a Prestonsburg citizen who has inquired about purchasing the old log cabin owned by the Prestonsburg Tourism Commission. Rose hopes to renovate the cabin and offer it for rent to tourists coming to the area. The Commission is looking in on the options of selling the cabin to a private entity. Originally, the commission had hoped for a non-profit organization to seek interest in the cabin.
“I have property I would like to do something with and the capital to put into the cabin to make this project come to life,” Rose said. “I have been interested in the cabin for some time and it was my understanding the city did not want anything to do with the cabin. I am ready and willing to work with the Prestonsburg Tourism Commission in preserving this piece of local history and restoring it so tourist and locals can enjoy it.”
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.