NEW ORLEANS — A weekend of marketing Webster Parish and northwest Louisiana culminated Monday night for officials with Louisiana Night of the National Association of Counties convention at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The northwest group's section included meet-and-greets with local angler Homer Humphries and a ferris wheel and popcorn machine.
"How do you compete with south Louisiana cooking?" Caddo Commissioner John Escude said. "We bring a ferris wheel and popcorn."
In addition to parish elected officials, Pattie Odom of Minden's Main Street program and Lynn Dorsey of Webster Parish Tourism were on hand to distribute information on the parish's offerings.
Parishes were grouped around the Superdome by region, and each parish promoted its unique culture through food, drink, brochures, give-aways and music.
"We learn what's going on in other counties," Webster police juror Charlie Odom said of the weekend convention. "Their equipment, their facilities, the way they do roads, laws, what we can do to change those laws to have better things — it's a lot of brainstorming."
The event, which began Thursday and was held at the convention center, wrapped up with the Superdome party and Mardi Gras parade.
"We've made a lot of contacts with other counties, states and businesses," Louisiana Police Jury Association Second Vice President and Caddo commissioner David Cox said. "That's how we get the word out to those outside of northwest Louisiana — marketing to each other to reach across the country."