The town of Alderson held their second meeting between area business owners and Mayor Travis Copenhaver on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 25.
As Margaret Hambrick, public information officer for the town of Alderson, put it “There was a lively discussion at the Alderson Area Businesses meeting on Thursday.”
This was the second in a series of thus far productive meetings between area business owners and town leadership, with a third being scheduled for Tuesday, March 2.
Two major topics were discussed at last week’s meeting: a potential two-day “History of our Town” event, and an effort to create “tourism packages” for the town.
The History of our Town, or “HOOT” event, is currently targeted for the end of May. Plans for the event, as of now, include strawberry picking, a large jump pad and a paintball zombie hunt at Sunset Berry Farm, an antique tractor and farm equipment show at J and M Farm and a market at the River Ridge Campground.
Other possible highlights include strawberry milkshakes at the Big Wheel. Jennifer Gilkerson of Sunberry Farms is currently working with state agencies to source advertising funding for the agriculture-related activities. Those wishing to add an event should contact Jennifer at email@example.com
The effort to create “tourism packages” is slightly more complicated.
As explained in Hambrick’s email to area businesses, “For example, a package might include a two-night stay at the Old Victorian Inn, a voucher for $20 for lunch for two at the Riverview Café.  Another package might include two-nights at the Riverview Motel, a voucher for a four-hour guided fishing trip on the Greenbrier River.  There was discussion of a menu where people could choose from lodging, dining and events/activities to create packages. Offerings in the packages do not need to be discounted, they can be at full price. The advantage to the tourist is being able to line up and book everything at once.”
In her email, Hambrick goes on to say, “As usual, the devil is in the details! A central booking location is needed to take payments and to distribute the vouchers to the guests when they arrive. Mayor Copenhaver is investigating some possibilities for this.”
Hambrick concluded by saying, “Time is of the essence here since spring and tourists with pent-up demand for the opportunity to do something are coming!”
The West Virginia Daily News will provide updates regarding the schedule of events in the town of Alderson as additional details are made available.