Tama County Convention and Visitors Bureau invites you to participate in their 2014 calendar. The County will be printing the second edition of a calendar celebrating Tama County and all the county has to offer to the world of travelers. A grant from the Tama County Community Foundation will once again help to fund the calendar showcasing the county.
If you have a photo, or photos, you would like to share, which show one of the wonderful places or events in the county, please email the photo to Ellen Young at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately. The deadline for submitting such photos is Oct. 30. The photos used in the 2013 calendar were absolutely great we want the 2014 calendar photos to be just as good! Send your photos NOW! Remember, make sure your photos invite people to visit, or stay, in Tama County. (Be sure that any people in your photo know you are submitting their photo, and that they give their permission for their likeness to be used in this way to promote Tama County.)
Also, make sure we have your listing of important dates for your community for the 2014 calendar by emailing those dates to Ellen before Oct. 30.
The purpose of the Tama County Convention and Visitors Bureau is to promote travel to, and within, Tama County. The group publishes a pocket-sized tourism guide, an annual calendar, advertises the county in magazines and other travel guides, sponsors a travel trade-show booth, belongs to the Central Iowa Tourism Region, Iowa Tourism and Iowa Group Travel. They also belong to the Travel Federation of Iowa.
The tourism industry in Tama County includes all restaurants, attractions, hotels, gas and convenience stores, shops, entertainment, recreation and parks in the county.
Joann Ruopp of Matchstick Marvels in Gladbrook and Ellen Young of Traer Salt and Pepper Shaker Gallery attended the 2013 State Tourism Conference last week. This year's state tourism conference was held in Waterloo. The 2014 conference will be held in Council Bluffs.
Ruopp is also serving on the Central Iowa Tourism board of directors. Young is on the CITR Education Committee, and both of these Tama County women were selected to serve as one of only 28 state-wide reviewers for the Iowa Tourism grant applications this year.