In support of the effort to promote "nature-based" tourism in Webster Parish, we are participating in the new Louisiana Travel Promotion Association's "Louisiana Outdoor Guide" to be available in print later this summer for distribution at the state visitor centers.
Additionally, I will be attending the Outdoor Expo Trade Show in Lafayette with Homer Humphreys on Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30 to promote Webster Parish to hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts.
Recently, the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Commission received funding from British Petroleum as part of a Tourism Recovery Grant, with the funds approved for a new billboard.
On Friday, July 8, we secured a location just this side of the Texas state line on Interstate 20.
This new billboard will feature Homer Humphreys catching a big fish and encouraging travelers in over 50,000 cars a day to "Discover Our Good Nature" in Webster Parish.
Signage seems to be one of the most important issues long neglected in Louisiana. Our office has been working with the Louisiana Department of Transportation to install new signage around our parish. As of this report, there is new signage at Doerge Landing and Sikes Ferry. We are also in the process of installing "way showing" (directional) signage for the Germantown Colony Museum this year. We are attempting to have the signage complete before the Bluegrass Festival in September.
Representative Doerge authored legislation this session to formally name the scenic byway, Highway 2, the "Boom or Bust Byway." Graphics for signage have been developed by the
Louisiana Office of Tourism and new signs will be installed in the future.
On May 11 and 12, the Louisiana Office of Tourism brought in a professional photographer to shoot photographs along the Boom or Bust Byway for the state website and brochures.
We coordinated a shoot with motorcyclists crossing Bayou Dorcheat at the Sikes Ferry Bridge, the Spring Theater in Springhill at night, and canoes and kayaks paddling on Bayou Dorcheat.
We are in the final stages of the development of the interpretive panels for the kiosk in Sarepta. I have received proofs of the panels, if you would like to stop in my office to get an advanced viewing.
Lynn Dorsey is executive director of the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Commission.