Bath County Tourism Director Excited About Creating New Website

Warm Springs, Va – Bath County’s Tourism Director Maggie Anderson is working on a new look for Bath County to present to the world – the world wide web. A new website will be created that will be an all inclusive stop for anyone seeking any type of information about Bath County.

“Well this has actually turned out to be a very exciting project” says Anderson. “We went out to bid for our new websites, to represent the County Chamber [of Commerce] and tourism; and that proposal was to include a new rebranding of our remarketing of our area which I think is really critical for the future initiatives that we’re going to create. We had 53 qualifying bids from all around the country.”

They narrowed that list down to five candidates who were scheduled to be interviewed on February 15th.

The new website is just one of the irons that Anderson has in the fire. She’s working on plans for the Mountain Strings and Arts Festival on Friday and Saturday April first and second. The festival will feature a barn dance, local music, artisans and craft demonstrations. And the ninth annual Bath Bluegrass Jamboree will wrap up the festival that Saturday night.

“I’m pretty excited about Mountain Strings and Art, I think this is gong to be a fun event” says Anderson. “We’ve gotten a lot of positive response from the community. I’m looking forward to going to the dance and being able to spend some time on Saturday enjoying the local talent.”

Anderson is involved in plans for the third annual Wings and Wheels Festival at the Bath County airport in August. And she’s planning another new event for Bath, the Harvest Moon and Century Ride Festival in September.

The century ride is a 100 mile bike ride from Hot Springs to Millboro and back. That same day a shorter ride, called the metric ride, is also scheduled. And the festival will focus on harvest time in the county with an expanded farmers market and a community hay bale decorating contest and other events.

“Everyone has been wonderful; I’ve gotten lots of phone calls with ideas and that’s wonderful and I want that to continue” she says. “We’re going to have some real concrete opportunities for people to help; we’re going to need volunteers to help with the Harvest Moon festival, to help with both the bike ride portion and some of the special events that are being planned. We need volunteers for the Wheels and Wings event and for some of the events that are going to start being developed not only this year, but next. So if you’re interested in volunteering, please let me know and we’ll start developing lists so that we can involve you as much as possible.”

Maggie Anderson’s office is located in the Bath County Courthouse in Warm Springs. She can be reached at 540-839-7202.

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