ELMA, WA – Sept. 20, 2017– The Grays Harbor County Department of Tourism is now accepting applications for three tourism-related grant programs.
The grant programs and their deadlines:
- Festival and Event Grants (deadline Oct. 31, 2017)
- Tourism Services and Projects (deadline Oct. 31, 2017)
- Special Marketing Project Funding (for consideration at Jan. 2018 LTAC meeting: Dec. 29, 2017; for consideration at May 2018 LTAC meeting: April 27, 2018).
Under State law (RCW 67.28) Grays Harbor County receives funds from room taxes imposed on lodging facilities. These funds can be retained and utilized by the County for tourism promotional operations, or expended for projects and activities established by an eligible entity under State law.
Grays Harbor Tourism Grant Applications will be accepted from qualifying non-profit entities organizing tourism based activities within Grays Harbor County, except those municipalities that are allowed by law to collect and manage 3% lodging tax revenues generated within their corporate limits. Grant funding is provided to increase tourism activity within Grays Harbor County.
Full details regarding what is a qualifying organization, and/or expense, is available on the appropriate grant application. Applicants with additional questions can contact the Grays Harbor Tourism Office, which allocates more than $300,000 in grant funds annually.
“We are very fortunate that our County Commissioners have continued to support the funding of this grant program. They understand that tourism is vital to Grays Harbor’s economic success,” said Kelly Peterson-Lalka, GH Tourism Public Relations/Office Manager. “Tourism results in more than $260 million of revenue and over 5,000 jobs for Grays Harbor County. When we support tourism, our local communities reap the rewards in tax revenue, jobs and community infrastructure. It is a win-win.”
Applications for grant funding are available from the Grays Harbor Tourism office, or can be downloaded from the Grays Harbor Tourism website www.visitgraysharbor.com . For more information, contact Kelly Peterson-Lalka at 360-482-2651 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for a pancake breakfast, trail races, old fashioned games for kids, kids crafts, Boy Scout cooking demonstrations, water sports, live music and a large gathering of arts and crafts vendors. Did we mention food?? If not, we should point out there will be food and beverages, and more. Come to the park. We will have shuttle busses running from the Simpson school. Watch Facebook for info at https://www.facebook.com/LakeSylviaStateParkFallFestival
The races will all start at 8:30 from Lake Sylvia State Park. Your registration includes a technical t-shirt, if registered by September 1st, and pre and post race snacks. Day of event registration will start at 7:00, but please be aware that t-shirts will not be available without pre-registering before September 1st. Please note that you must have a Washington State Discover pass to park at the park. There is a shuttle option if you do not have a pass, please see the “Parking” section for more information.
Awards will be given to the top three men and women in each race. Age group awards will not be given.
All courses are mostly double or single track trail. The half marathon does have about 1.5 miles of gravel road. The half marathon has two aid stations-one at 6.5 miles and one at 11 miles. The aid stations are stocked with water and Nuun, but runners are required to carry any other nutrition they may need. The 10K and 5K do not have any aid stations.
Parking is limited at the park. Please carpool if possible. You also will need a Washington State Park Discover Pass to park at the park. They will be available to purchase at the park. The passes are $10.00 a day or $30.00 for an annual pass. If you would like to avoid this fee or the hassle of trying to find a place to park there is a free shuttle available. The shuttle will pick up and drop off at Simpson Elementary school located at 519 W. Simpson Ave, Montesano, WA 98563. The shuttle runs about every 15-20 minutes.
Some of this year’s vendors include:
McCleary artist Gloria Hale and her LEATHER AND LACE products to the Fall Festival this year! Gloria creates leather inspired jewelry, cuffs, keychains, and card cases; and she has recently added horseshoe art and dreamcatchers. https://www.facebook.com/pg/Leather-and-Lace-395063793967014/
Copalis Beach resident Jacqueline Horton will be showing off her fabulous sea shell themed jewelry from SHE SELLS SEA SHELLS AT OCEAN SHORES. Her handmade jewelry is made from sand dollars and shells and she also has wine glass markers and beach themed ornaments.
Quinault artist, Fran Brongil, of SPIRIT SISTERS JEWELRY will be bringing her beautiful jewelry to the Fall Festival this year! Fran created her original Spirit Sisters Jewelry Collection made from gemstones, bone, horn, ivory and other natural materials. Her Wildflower Collection consists of fun and sparkly glass and crystal, and her newest Spirit Moon Collection is made from recycled rusty metal. Her jewelry is very earthy and is influenced by the Quinault Rainforest where she has spent most of her adult life. https://www.etsy.com/shop/SpiritSistersJewelry
Joining us for the first time is Rainier artist Richard Ness of LATEINLIFE LEATHER WORKS. Rich creates hand-crafted, hand-stitched leather goods including wallets, belts, jewelry, bags, cases and much more. He says that custom work is also available.
We welcome newcomer Jerry Lyman of BUCKHORN CRAFTS to the Festival this year! Jerry creates amazing gifts from shed antlers. His work includes cribbage boards, candle holders, bone buttons, earrings, pen holders, and antler handles on various items. This takes re-purposing to new lengths 🙂 !
Plus other vendors…check out our facebook page for a current listing of new vendors.