The Auglaize-Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau has changed its name to the Greater Grand Lake Visitors Region, according to Executive Director Donna Grube in her presentation to the Celina Kiwanis. Although the name has changed, the organization’s purpose remains the same—promote tourism in the area.
While the lake has traditionally been the draw in this area, Grube and her associates have had to promote other attractions when it was off limits to most activities. Now that conditions have improved, tourists and locals are returning to lake-based activities like camping and boating.
Special events in 2017 included the Great Race, an antique car race that had one of its stops in the area, Buzz Aldrin’s appearance at Wapakoneta’s Summer Moon Festival, and the Grand Lake Marathon. A highly anticipated event for 2018 is the appearance of the Amphicars at Celina’s Lake Festival. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the final production of these cars, the committee hopes to attract a large number for the festival.
Other future events include 2020’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Neal Armstrong’s walk on the moon and the 2024 eclipse.
To end her presentation, Grube passed out door prizes. For more information about local attractions and events, call 1-800-860-4726 or go to http://www.GreaterGrandLakeRegion.com.