WHEELING, W.Va. — Two southern West Virginia organizations received awards at Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s Tourism Conference held at Oglebay Park Oct. 27.
The conference is held yearly to highlight different sectors of West Virginia’s tourism industry.
Southern Coalition for the ARTS, in Logan, and Hatfield and McCoy Moonshine in Gilbert, W.Va. were each honored for their work advancing tourism in southern West Virginia.
Hatfield and McCoy Moonshine was granted a Star of the Industry award for their website, www.drinkofthedevil.com, which celebrate’s southern West Virginia’s unique history of the Hatfield and McCoy feud.
The website details the historied provenance for the recipe for Hatfield and McCoy Moonshine and provides customers with a sip of the history surrounding the famous family conflict by hitting the well-known highlights surrounding the feud.
Chad Bishop, of Hatfield and McCoy Moonshine explained, “First and foremost I would like to thank Debrina Williams, Nicole Adkins and Jane Bostic. Also, I would like to thank my general council Greg Chiartas.”
The Logan-based nonprofit theater group, Southern Coalition for the ARTS was also award a Star of the Industry trophy for best advertising campaign.
The group’s campaign for the 2014 production of “Smoke on the Mountain” partnered with the Coal Heritage Foundation to help turn the streets of Logan back to 1938 — the year in which it is set.we
A walking tour was organized throughout Logan where businesses placed posters with photos and information about what business and buildings stood in the same lots in 1938.
A series of cars dating from the era before 1939 were also parked on Main Street in Logan throughout Coal Heritage Week.
“To be in the room with that many talented people and that many people interested in making West Virginia a state that thrives on tourism and to be able to stand up in front of them and give Southern Coalition for the ARTS and the city of Logan some recognition was an amazing experience,” explained executive director for the ARTS Jamie Dempsey Butcher.
A press release from the Department of Tourism quotes West Virginia Tourism Commission Amy Shuler Goodwin as saying, “As we plan for another great year in the travel and tourism industry in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, I’d like to express my continued gratitude to our partners for their hard work, creativity and dedication in helping to make the Mountain State a world-class destination.”
Executive director of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce, Debrina Williams explained she was honored to be able to nominate two local businesses for the awards saying, “Anytime we talk about tourism is we try to keep people in our area as long as possible. Part of that is we work really hard to develop partnerships with tourism industries. We were delighted we got to make those nominations.”
Owen Wells is a reporter Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]