Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Tourism Report

Minden will be featured on KSLA Channel 12 News "On the Road Show," a live news broadcast on Thursday, July 26, during the 6 p.m. news hour.

News Anchor Doug Warner was in Minden doing preproduction on July 13 and will return on July 17.

We are working with him to finalize his itinerary at the time of this report. So far, we anticipate a visit to Millie Rose at Second Hand Rose Antiques, fishing with Homer Humphreys on Lake Bistineau and an interview with location scout EJay Colvin about why the movie makers love Minden.

Doug will be live on July 26 talking with locals about upcoming events including the Bluegrass Festival, the Fasching Festival and Christmas Tour of Homes during the Holiday Trail of Lights. Do not forget to tune in.

As previously reported, the kiosk in Sarepta is completed and the interpretive panels are installed. This kiosk is one of four along Highway 2, now recognized legislatively by the state as the Boom or Bust Byway.

Pictured is one of the interpretive panels inviting the visitor to explore Webster Parish.

This is one of six panels featuring the people, places, and history that make our parish unique.

There is a panel featuring Bayou Dorcheat and the role it played in the settlement of our parish.

Another identifies the role of the agricultural industries such as logging and farming that established our region.

Recreational opportunities, including those offered at Lake Bistineau State Park, Bayou Dorcheat and Caney Lakes located in Kisatchie National Forest, are highlighted on another.

Please take the time to drive by and check it out. Webster Parish offers so much to interest our visitors.

The Advocate in Baton Rouge featured the kiosk in Sarepta on Sunday, June 10.

Here is what they reported:

"Drive along La. 2 in Webster Parish, and you may notice kiosks with interpretive panels touting the people, places and history of the parish. The newest such kiosk is in Sarepta. Among the panels, visitors can learn about Bayou Dorcheat and the role it played in the settlement of the parish, the region's agriculture industries including logging and farming, and its recreational opportunities at Lake Bistineau State Park, Bayou Dorcheat and Caney Lakes."

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and the Louisiana Office of Tourism unveiled the new road signs, kiosks, interpretive panels and the GPS audio/visual tour guide for the Boom or Bust Byway, Highway 2, on Thursday, June 21 at the Railroad Station Museum in Vivian. Webster Parish was recognized and included on the agenda.

Last year, the City of Minden was invited to participate in the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights.

They have joined with Shreveport, Natchitoches, Monroe and Alexandria to promote our communities during the 2012 holiday season.

This has been a terrific opportunity for the City of Minden and Webster Parish to be included in this major regional initiative.

Beginning this month, our office will be assisting with media luncheons in Shreveport, Monroe and Alexandria on July 24, 25, and 26, promoting the upcoming event to television networks, newspapers and travel writers.

To learn more go to www.Holidaytrailoflights.com or visit them on facebook.

Visit www.visitwebster.net for more information.






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