Prize Winners Come from Near and Far to Enter Oswego County Tourism Contest

OSWEGO – Prize winners from as far away as North Carolina were recently chosen to receive prizes donated by local charter captains and snowmobile clubs in a promotional contest organized by the county Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

The “Visit Oswego County” contest was held for several months this summer at the Gateway Visitor Center on I-81 south of Binghamton.

“Oswego County is the most visited freshwater fishing destination in New York State, and has some of the best snowmobiling in the northeast,” said Dave Turner, director of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. “From the entries that we received, it is obvious that people are willing to travel great distances to visit our area. We had a very successful campaign and collected nearly 2,000 entries from potential visitors who entered the contest.”

Turner said the contest wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of local charter captains Tom Burke, Dave Wilson and Ed Kahler, and the support of the Winona Forest Recreation Association, Redfield Snowmobile and Recreation Club, Mexico Trailriders, and Vanderbilt Snowmobile Club.

Byrd Wagner of Bethel, Pa., won a seven-hour float trip on the Salmon River for two, donated by Capt. Burke of Cold Steel Sportfishing.

George Roger of Kearny, NJ won the six-hour brown trout trip on Lake Ontario, donated by Capt. Kahler of Salmon Tracker Sportfishing and Guide Service.

Estelle Brennan of Binghamton won the walleye trip on Oneida Lake donated by Capt. Dave Wilson of Capt. Dave’s Fishing Charters.

Winners of the snowmobile club memberships are Verne Marshall of Winston-Salem, NC, Winona membership; Ashhad  Siddiqui of Franklin Park, NJ, Redfield membership; Rachel Horvath of Lansdale, Pa., Mexico membership; and Louis DiPasqus of Elbridge, NY, Vanderbilt membership.

Information collected from the contest entries will be used for marketing and outreach efforts by the County Tourism Office and prize donors.

“The folks who run the Binghamton visitor center told us that this was one of the best promotions they have ever hosted,” said Turner. “Thousands of copies of the Oswego County visitor guide, fishing and hunting guide, events calendars and other brochures were distributed to people who stopped at the display between May and September. We really appreciate the support of our tourism partners who assisted in the contest and helped us promote the great fishing and snowmobiling experiences that Oswego County offers.”

The Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning markets Oswego County as a tourism destination in a variety of national and regional promotions.

Businesses who would like more information on upcoming tourism promotions may e-mail [email protected], call the county tourism office at 349-8322, or go to www.visitoswegocounty.com