Tuesday, April 19 was truly an outstanding day for Webster Parish Tourism.
I am thrilled that at the quarterly meeting held that Tuesday morning, the commission voted to provide funds, up to $15,000, for the construction of additional restroom facilities at the visitor center to be built at the Germantown Colony Museum and that Chesapeake Energy donated the additional $5,000 that afternoon guaranteeing the total $20,000 additional money required by the Louisiana Office of Facility Planning to release the construction project for bids.
The original funds, transferred from the discontinued Shadows Estate restoration project, were not enough to cover the estimated cost of additional stalls and fixtures needed to accommodate groups.
If you would like to see the architectural plans and the architect's conceptual drawings, I would be delighted to show them to you at my office.
Early that Tuesday afternoon, the ribbon cutting for the new Deorge Landing, just east of Springhill, was held.
The ribbon cutting was attended by more than 60 people, with a large turnout of elected officials showing their support.
The event was held to announce the completion of a new public boat launch. In recognition of the hard work and determination of the late Honorable State Representative Dr. Everett Doerge and the Honorable State Representative Jean Doerge, the boat launch has been officially named Doerge Landing.
Additionally, the Louisiana Office of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Department of Transportation were recognized for their contributions.
Doerge Landing offers public access to scenic Bayou Dorcheat from the northern end and is a critical component in of the development of Bayou Dorcheat as a tourist attraction. Doerge Landing is truly an asset for the citizens of Webster Parish and the surrounding area.
The Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Commission and I would like to thank James Gibson and the staff of Carter Federal Credit Union for providing the accommodations for that very special event.
As previously reported, this was the 10th year of the Scottish Tartan Festival and it is one of the best attended by out of town visitors held in Webster Parish.
The weather was beautiful and the festival president reported between 2700- 3000 in attendance this year.
The Burn Run was an outstanding new event in Webster Parish showcasing Lake Bistineau State Park. This event is sponsored by The Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club of Shreveport with over 500 in attendance.
The Scottish Tartan Festival and the Burn Run are sponsored by organizations in Shreveport.
The Commission is fortunate that they are bringing these events to Webster Parish. Through our marketing assistance and grants, the Commission is giving them incentive to continue bringing their events to Webster Parish, year after year.
Minden and the surrounding vicinity are featured in the May-June issue of Louisiana Life Magazine that has just hit the street. Be sure to pick one up this week.
(Lynn Dorsey is executive director of the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau.)