montgomery-county-chamber-of-commerce.jpgFonda, NY - The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the fifth annual Barbara V. Spraker Tourism Award which is given to an individual, event, business, or attraction that has done an outstanding job the past year in bringing tourists to Montgomery County.  "Tourism is an important part of our community.  Promoting Montgomery County and attracting worldwide visitors is a significant role these individuals and organizations take on each year," states Tourism Director, Gina DaBiere-Gibbs. "The award puts the spotlight on the tourism industry's hard work throughout the County which is worth celebrating." The award is named in honor of Barbara Spraker for her innumerable efforts in support of Montgomery County and tourism.  Her noteworthy accomplishments include spearheading initiatives such as the Canajoharie Information Booth and the Bicycle Path in Montgomery County.  Mrs. Spraker is also a commissioner for the Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor Commission.  Her passion for the Mohawk Valley and Montgomery County and its promotion is the creed she lives by. Anyone is eligible to nominate an individual, event, business, or attraction related to tourism. The entry deadline is September 28. The recipient will be announced at The Chamber's annual tourism dinner in October.  Each nominee will be announced and recognized, although there will only be one recipient. The 2008 Volunteer Award Recipient was Light up the Sky with the Marching Rams.  "Light up the Sky has been drawing thousands of visitors to the county for 10 years with their sparkling holiday tradition.  The volunteers have devoted time, energy and commitment to hosting this event annually and making it bigger and better each year.  They start preparing months ahead of time and when the event comes they spend more time outdoors in freezing weather," explains DaBiere-Gibbs. The 2008 Barbara V. Spraker Award Recipient was Holding Down the Fort, The Fort Plain Museum.  "Holding Down the Fort celebrated the 225th Anniversary of George Washington's trip to the Mohawk Valley.  The event held August 1-3, 2008 brought Dean Malissa, prominent George Washington historical actor, several reenactment groups, history buffs, and families to Fort Plain last summer," states DaBiere-Gibbs.  "I would like to thank CDPHP for sponsoring this year's award," says DaBiere-Gibbs.  If you would like to make a nomination please call Gina DaBiere-Gibbs for an entry form at 518-853-1800 ext. 12, email tourism@montgomerycountyny.com, or log onto the Chamber's website at http://www.visitmontgomerycountyny.com/ and download the form located under forms and applications.

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Gina DaBiere-Gibbs Tourism Director 518-853-1800 ext. 12 http://www.visitmontgomerycountyny.com/