EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a monthly column provided by the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau that discusses tourism events on the horizon.
I almost could not believe my eyes when I drove by my favorite tree and saw that hints of fall color are already starting to emerge. The fall season is now officially upon us. Your CVB has been hard at work promoting the fall festivals and garnering attention for our entire region this fall. Things really start to heat up for the season as we fill September up with events. Some of the more notable ones include the Great Godfrey Maze and its “Wicked” theme and the new MS Bike ride in Godfrey. Also, we have the traditional Art in the Park in Grafton, the Rendezvous at Pere Marquette State Park and the annual Fly-In and Open House at St. Louis Regional Airport. Those are literally just the tip of the iceberg. You can find the month full of events at www.VisitAlton.com. We just mailed out 20,000 Fall Adventure Guides and are promoting fall fun throughout the St. Louis region. We have also distributed these guides throughout our destination for our guests to find ways to extend their stay or make another trip.
The CVB has also been a very active partner in the Miles Davis Memorial Project. This new addition to the fabric of our destination will give a jazzy feel and vibe to our downtown district for many years to come. Please plan to come down for the unveiling of our newest tourism attraction at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, in the 100 block of Third Street. The entire community, steered by the Miles Davis Memorial Project Committee, worked for many months on this trendy effort. A special shout-out goes to Pat Ackman, who keeps the fire burning on this effort; and Karen Wilson, who continued the drive to the finish line. This is something we should all now take our guests in from out of town to visit. Although Miles did not live a long time in Alton, this is his birthplace and now home to one of just a couple statues of him throughout the world. Welcome back to Alton, Miles!
Last month, we celebrated a great new adventure with Kid’Cation that hosted a 10-day period of events, bringing in nearly 2,000 participants to the week’s programs. This creative twist on the end to summer will continue to be an effort sponsored by the CVB to see that families choose our destination as a place to relax, have fun and make memories before the school year begins.
Your CVB will always make it exciting and easy for travelers to explore our great rivers. Start planning your fall adventures now at www.VisitAlton.com!
Stawar is president and CEO of the CVB, which works for the vested interests of hospitality partners in northwestern Madison County and all of Jersey and Calhoun counties.