On October 11, the Webster Parish Convention and Visitor Bureau hosted seven outdoor travel writers. The writers were on a familiarization tour of fishing hot spots of North Louisiana.
Our special guests included Lyle Johnson, President of the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association. Another was Jim Darnell with the San Marcos Daily Newspaper and God's Great Outdoors Television Show, an award winning member of the Texas Outdoor Writers Association and Southeastern Outdoor Press Association.
Others included John Thompson, writer for the Ft. Worth Telegram, Chelle Ellis with Desoto Magazine, and Glen Harris with the Bastrop Daily Enterprise and the Glynn Harris Radio Show and syndicated columnist. Sonny Harrington, outdoor writer, and Mona Haden, publisher of Louisiana Road Trips Magazine also joined us.
The group had the opportunity to eat at the Dorcheat Seafood and Grill and get their first look at historic Bayou Dorcheat. Homer Humphreys joined us and told his famous fish stories before we headed north to the Sikes Ferry boat launch. It took two trips, however all of our guests had a wonderful tour along Bayou Dorcheat.
Since the tour, Webster Parish was mentioned on Tuesday October 23rd in Glenn Harris's column, Louisiana Outdoors, stating we "gave the group a tour of one of the most beautiful old-south streams to be found anywhere, Bayou Dorcheat."
On October 30, Glen based his entire column on his visit to Dorcheat, in his story, "A trip down Bayou Dorcheat is like a trip back in time". His column is syndicated and runs in numerous newspapers including the Minden Press Herald. Also, our office was contacted by Mona Haden, publisher of Louisiana Road Trips Magazine requesting a follow up visit to research our tea rooms and antique shops for a book she is currently writing.
On Tuesday, October 30, Mona started her visit with lunch at the newly, opened Timeless Cafe and Tea Room, followed by hours of exploring the many antique shops we now have in downtown Minden. She will be doing a special article in the December issue inviting her readers to visit historic downtown Minden during the holidays and enjoy lunch at the Timeless Cafe and Tea Room and explore our quant shops.
La Rider Television – America on Two Wheels
As previously reported, our office coordinated a video production with Bob Courtney and the production crew of "LA Rider-American on 2 Wheels" in Sarepta on July 25th. The show features the newly established "Boom or Bust Byway" along Highway 2. La Rider TV is a television program specifically targeting motorcycle riders and broadcasts out of Baton Rouge. The Louisiana Office of Tourism is a major sponsor of this new program featuring the scenic byways of our state. The portion of the production filmed in Sarepta, offered us to the opportunity to share what Webster Parish has to offer the motorcyclist.
The show airs on the Fox Sports South Network in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Additionally, the program is broadcast on the Fox Network in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans. The show began broadcasting in our area on October 7th on KMSS TV Fox 33 on Sundays at 10:00 AM. The show filmed on the "Boom or Bust Byway" aired on Fox 33 on Sunday, November 4th. When our office spoke to Producer Bob Courtney last week, he was excited to return this spring to do spend more time, ride more of our scenic parish roads and see other areas to visit in our beautiful parish.
Lynn Dorsey is the executive director of the Webster Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau. Her column runs monthly in the Minden Press-Herald.