2017 STAR Award from the Ohio Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau's
2017 STAR Award from the Ohio Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau’s

(9-22-17) The Darke County Convention and Visitors Bureau, at the recent Ohio Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau’s convention in Greenville, won a STAR (State Tourism Achievement Recognition) award for a marketing campaign entitled “Darke County Flavor.”

Awards are directed to print and social media marketing plans that promote tourism in Ohio’s counties.

Matt Staugler
Matt Staugler

Celina grad and Montezuma native Matt Staugler is the Director of Darke County Visitors Bureau told the Early Bird Paper after the convention:

“There are no better people than travel people to go back and talk about where they’ve been.”

“Darke County and western Ohio are starting to play a larger part in Ohio tourism. We’re going to keep the momentum going.”

Staugler and the tourism bureau teamed up with Handshoe Brand + Design on the project.

According to their web site on the project:

HANDSHOE created a new, fresh and youthful brand presence for Darke County, wrapped around the story of the destination’s “flavor.” Darke County is one of the largest agricultural producers in the country, growing the food that feeds America. Star chefs have been born there. KitchenAid stand mixers are manufactured there. In the past few years, their restaurants and food producing destinations have been voted “Best of Ohio.” We’re inviting visitors to “Taste the Darke County Flavors,” in all of its delicious forms.