montgomery-county-chamber-of-commerce.jpgFonda, NY -- The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the nominees for the Fifth Annual Barbara V. Spraker Tourism Award. The award will be presented at the annual Tourism Dinner Monday, October 26 at Valentino’s Restaurant, 119 Riverview Drive, Amsterdam. The 2009 nominees are: • Amsterdam Castle, LLC • Brenda Hill, Palatine Valley Dairy • Fonda Speedway and the Lucia Family • Fort Klock Historic Restoration • Harvest Tour Map • John P. Woods, Canajoharie Country Club • Light Up the Sky with the Marching Rams • Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs • Sundae on the Farm • Walter Elwood Museum “The community submits the nominees then a selection committee chooses the winner, the nominees are always fantastic choices,” states Gina DaBiere-Gibbs, Montgomery County Tourism Director. “The award puts the spotlight on the tourism industry’s hard work throughout the County which is worth celebrating.” A tourism volunteer award is also given each year. The 2008 Volunteer Award Recipient, Light up the Sky with the Marching Rams, has drawn thousands of visitors to the County for 10 years as a sparkling holiday tradition. The volunteers have devoted time, energy and commitment to hosting this event annually and making it bigger and better each year. The 2008 Barbara V. Spraker Award Recipient was Holding Down the Fort, The Fort Plain Museum, which 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. 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. “I would also like to thank you to CDPHP this year’s award sponsor,” adds DaBiere-Gibbs. “The winner will be announced at the dinner and all nominees will be recognized. The public is invited and encouraged to attend and meet the important people in the tourism industry that diligently work to promote our County.” The tourism award dinner will begin with a cocktail hour at 5:30pm with dinner at 6:30pm; tickets are $30 per person. Dinner choices are chicken parmesan, stuffed eggplant, or roast beef. Dinner includes salad, coffee and dessert. Those interested in attending should RSVP to The Chamber 518-853-1800 by October 21. For more information on the nominees and other Montgomery County events log onto *** CONTACT: Gina DaBiere-Gibbs Tourism Director 518-853-1800 ext. 12