Warren County Visitors Bureau Honors 4th of July Celebration, Allegheny National Forest at Annual Meeting

November 10, 2023

STARBRICK, Pa. – The Warren County Visitors Bureau awarded its Event of the Year and Organization of the Year during its 2023 Annual Meeting Thursday.

With more than two dozen members and guests in attendance, the WCVB presented the Warren 4th of July Celebration with the 2023 Event of the Year award, and the Allegheny National Forest as the 2023 Organization of the Year.

“We really appreciate all that you do,” WCVB Executive Director Casey Ferry said of the 4th of July Celebration. “It’s more than the parade, too. There are so many events.”

See the award presentation:

Bill and Kelly Thompson accepted the award on behalf of the Warren 4th of July Celebration committee.

While the ANF would be a good candidate for Organization of the Year every year, Ferry said, this year seemed especially appropriate to honor the ANF.

“This organization could win any year,” Ferry said. “But I think this year, with their hundredth birthday, they were just throwing event after event and people were coming like crazy and it was awesome.”

See the award presentation:

Deputy Forest Supervisor Bob Heiar accepted on behalf of the ANF, and also presented the WCVB with a plaque from the ANF.

“I think you all heard the wonderful things that the Bureau does for the Allegheny National Forest,” Heiar said. “Our partnership is just absolutely amazing. But, in particular, the Bureau really helped out this past year. Everything we did, you were always promoting all of the events.

“So this is the Allegheny National Forest Centennial for the Warren County Visitors Bureau in recognition of your support in commemorating the Allegheny National Forest establishment of a successful restoration and shared stewardship for a resilient future.”

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The award presentations followed the annual meeting where Ferry explained some of the ways the WCVB is fulfilling its mission of bringing tourism to Warren County.

Ferry said the WCVB, which gets 95% of its revenue from the occupancy tax, actively promoted Warren County through advertising (in print, digital, and television formats), promoting various events, and attending conferences.

For more information about the WCVB, visit their website, or stop in to 22045 Route 6 (between the State Police barracks and the dog park).


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