Licking Valley Adventures – promoting (all kinds) of Adventure tourism

Tracy Pratt-Savage 07_13_16 Carlisle Mercury (Bath county)

Bath county is one of (9) counties that make up the Licking Valley Adventures  overage area.  Judge Executive Bobby Rogers was one of 22 members who attended a recent evening monthly meeting where the group worked together to determine a Mission Statement for the group: to promote tourism and a healthy lifestyle through a regional network of adventure and historical tourism experiences promoting the uniqueness of our area of Kentucky.

At the July 12th meeting the group decided to expand its mission statement to include “Adventures” of other kinds including: shopping, bourbon-winery- micro-brewery tours, historical and museums and covered bridge tours and anything else that people may consider an “Adventure” for them.  The new mission statement will be updated to reflect that.

Also decided at the lunch meeting held at the Fleming County Covered Bridge Museum was to move ahead on developing the LickingValleyAdventures.org website with the help of the Bluegrass Area Development District.  Chris Chaney with Bluegrass ADD is a member of the group and is offering both professional and personal expertise.  Chaney and the BG ADD team helped author a $15 Million dollar Tiger Grant that Licking Valley Adventures (LVA) is pursuing and will also be helping with TAP Grants and Fish and Wildlife grants to help develop more light craft boat access for the area rivers.

Other counties attending included Fleming, Bourbon and Nicholas County.  Flemingsburg Mayor Marty Voiers, Carlisle Mayor Larry Jolly and Cynthiana Mayor James Smith represented along with Nicholas county Judge Executive Mike Pryor.  Crystal Ruark, Melanie Jones, Brenda Plummer, Claudia Clark, and Ginnny Reeves with Fleming County chamber of Commerce and Tourism, and Tracy Pratt-Savage Nicholas County Economic Development Director and Chamber President all turned out this month.

The big pushes for the group now will focus on the county level.  Each participating county including Bath, Fleming, Mason, Bracken, Pendleton, Harrison, Bourbon, Robertson and Nicholas will be asked to name a Representative to attend monthly meetings and an Administrator to update the Licking Valley Adventures Facebook Page.    The goal is to make Licking Valley Adventures the “go-to” place for anyone living in the area or visiting to find out about all the great activities that are going on in the area.

At the same time, each county will begin working on its individual events for the Fall Licking Valley Adventures kick off weekend of October 15 and 16.  Each county will develop events for that weekend including cycling, hiking, walking, runs, equestrian and/or river events.  Together the (9) Licking Valley Adventure counties will be promoting the weekend to bring awareness to the area and all it has to offer.

The August meeting the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 11:30A will be held in Nicholas County.  Interested citizens or groups are invited to attend.  For more information about upcoming events in the (9) county area including the “Walking Dead Day” coming up August 6th downtown Cynthiana 9A – 6P check out the Licking Valley Adventures Facebook page.  For fans of the TV series, creators and Cynthiana native Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore will be special guests.  Hotels in neighboring communities as far away as northern Lexington and Georgetown are already booked up for the event that could draw as many as 20,000.