American Lung Association’s Reach the Beach Comes to Washington

It’s nearly time to gear up and hit the road for hundreds of riders participating in the second annual Reach the Beach in Washington. The American Lung Association (ALA) is hosting the perfect opportunity to close out the season with their event on September 29. It promises to be a beautiful ride supporting a worthy cause. Continue reading “American Lung Association’s Reach the Beach Comes to Washington”

Clash Of The Cowboys Rodeo

Clash of the Cowboys Rodeo. Rodeo with the Jessie Leigh Band. Saturday October 27th. Show starts at 7 PM .Doors open at 5 PM. At The Grays Harbor County Fair And Events Center. Presale tickets are $12 at the Elma, Centralia and Olympia Les Schwab Tire Stores and Monte Farm and Home. $15.00 at the door. Sponsored by Budlight.


2019 Grays Harbor Tourism Grant Programs Announced

ELMA, WA – Sept. 10, 2018– 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. 19, 2018)
  • Tourism Services and Projects (deadline Oct. 19, 2018)
  • Major Tourism Projects (deadline Oct. 19, 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 . For more information, contact Kelly Peterson-Lalka at 360-482-2651 or