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Tama County Tourism to promote at RAGBRAI, publish event calendar

April 24, 2012
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tama County Tourism and Visitors Bureau members said a presence is needed for the Register's Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa which will travel through the center of the county on Thursday, July 26 after an overnight stop in Marshalltown. The Tourism Committee met on April 9 for its regular meeting at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel with members Mary Ann Gregory, Dysart blue Hat Team, Ellen young, Traer Salt and Pepper Gallery, Jamie Busch-Upah, John Ernest Vineyard and Winery, Cathy Wieck, Dysart Historical Society and Jodi Hopper, Tama-Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce present.

Having a table at the Marshalltown stop the night before was suggested. One idea is to pass out wrist bands to riders with the message "I love (a heart symbol) Tama County" and provide riders wearing the bands when they reach Elberon with a free bottle of water. T-shirts or polos identifying the Tama County Tourism members to be worn for the event were also considered.

Gregory is to contact the Poweshiek Water Association about donating water and Busch-Upah is to obtain prices for silk-screened T-shirts or embroidered polos.

To Publish County-Wide Event Calendar

Creation of a county-wide event calendar was approved. It will feature images from local attractions, events and businesses as well as the event listings.

Young contacted Pioneer Graphics, Waterloo, and presented pricing. She recommended 300 copies be published and sold, depending upon receipt of a Tama County Community Foundation grant.

Busch-Upah is to contact city clerks about submissions. Tourists, businesses and chambers who wish events listed or photos published can submit them by an Oct. 1 deadline to

Annual Gala

Discussion of the annual Tourism Gala found members want to continue to hold the event in the winter time to avoid conflicts with summer activities and planting and harvest. Members will look at events to find a date which is open.

Ideas included continuing the successful dinner theatre, a brunch on a Sunday afternoon, beginning the event earlier in the evening, or a dessert bar with wine tasting following the Wolf Creek Players performance.

Members voted to have Hopper contact Jim Roan about possible use of the newly-refurbished Wieting Theatre with dinner served elsewhere and Busch-Upah is to get pricing from a murder-mystery group contact, for use of the Reinig-Toledo Civic Center for a non-profit event and from caterers.

In other business:

Young is to contact Joanne Husak, Tama County Economic Development administrative assistant concerning an ad for Our Iowa magazine and the financial withdraw.

Hopper will check on prices for the Tama - Toledo Visitors Guide and Food, Fun and Entertainment Guide.

Graham is to check with Husak to determine the type of program in use to keep track of tourism financial information.

fianncialswere approved except about a membership fee withdrawn from the tourism account with unknown approval.



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