County tourist attractions
Tourism Expo spotlights Schuylkill’s attractions
The people, places and things that draw people into Schuylkill County will be in the spotlight this weekend.
The second Tourism Expo will be held from 10 a. m. to 3 p. m. Saturday at Fairlane Village mall, Pottsville. The event is organized by the Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau.
Gina Gargano, bureau executive director, said the expo’s goal is to provide an opportunity for tourism partners to showcase their organization’s services and resources in the community, engage the public with tourism partners and increase awareness of the tourism industry in the community.
“There is plenty to do in Schuylkill County for folks of all ages, no matter where your interests lie, and we’re hoping people get engaged with our community resources,” Gargano said.
The resources she mentioned include outdoor activities, such as three state parks, a county park, the Schuylkill River, Hawk Mountain and a variety of trails for hiking, walking and biking; the arts including the Majestic Theater and Mud & Maker, both in Pottsville; Walk In Art Center, Schuylkill Haven; Schuylkill Choral Society and Tamaqua Community Arts Center, and attractions such as the Schuylkill County Historical Society, Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train, Heisler’s Dairy Bar and Mini Golf, D. G. Yuengling and Son Inc. brewery and seven wineries.
Jerry Enders, vice president of the visitors bureau board of directors, said tourism is increasing in Schuylkill County, especially because of the outdoor activities.
“The state parks are really a big draw, and the campgrounds,” he said.
Gargano said this year’s event has 31 participants. She said last year’s inaugural expo was well attended, and both the public and participants were happy. They hope to repeat that success.
“We hope people walk away from the event with a better understanding of the varied and abundant local opportunities for recreation, arts, culture, history, nature and entertainment in Schuylkill County,” Gargano said.
Enders, who also owns Jerry’s Classic Cars & Collectibles Museum, Pottsville, said the expo not only gives people the chance to talk with vendors but it’s an opportunity for them to gather information about the resources the county has and pick up a copy for the visitors guide.
“It’s giving them a little enlightening of what we have to offer,” he said.
Enders said the expo is held on Mother’s Day weekend because the mall is a little busier with people shopping for gifts.
“It’s the perfect location,” he said, adding the mall is also a member of the visitors bureau.
For more information, visit the visitors bureau website at www.schuylkill.org.
Sandra Vagelatos, left, Mahanoy Plane, chats with Anne Chaikowsky, Shenandoah, at the Downtown Shenandoah Inc. table during the 2016 Schuylkill County Tourism Expo at Fairlane Village mall, Pottsville. Anne is a volunteer for DSI. This year’s expo will take place from 10 a. m. to 3 p. m. Saturday at the mall.