Bacon appointed to state travel board

Claude Bacon, vice chairman of the board at the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been appointed to the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s board of directors. Mark Calitri, CVB president, said having a seat on the state board is a big deal for Owensboro. “With the devastating results of COVID-19, this is a significant…

CVB wins ConventionSouth award

The Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Visit Owensboro arm has won ConventionSouth’s Readers’ Choice Award for the third time. ConventionSouth is a national multi-media resource for planning events in the South. More than 3,000 destinations were nominated for the honors. They were then placed on an online ballot and meeting professionals and fans voted…

CVB adding events in 2021

If nothing changes, the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau expects to see a deficit of $8,800 by the end of the fiscal year on June 30. But the agency is hoping to eliminate that deficit with more events in the first half of 2021. Mark Calitri, CVB president, said, “We didn’t adopt a budget…

Daviess County selected to host geocaching event

Daviess County has been selected to host the MOGA geocaching mega event for Memorial Day weekend next year. Geocaching is a recreational activity of hunting for and finding a hidden object by means of GPS coordinates posted on a website. Geocachers seek out treasures hidden by other players while exploring interesting locations. At its most…

Travel publication names Owensboro a top place to visit this fall

Travel website Insider.com recently listed Owensboro as one of the best places in the country to visit this fall. Owensboro was specifically praised for its barbeque, bourbon and farmers’ market.  “Any time you’re selected to a ‘Best Place to Visit’ list by a travel publication, it’s an absolute honor,” said Visit Owensboro’s Dave Kirk. “You…

City’s public events department nearing 10th anniversary

In September 2010, the Owensboro City Commission recommended the hiring of a public events director. Then-Mayor Ron Payne said the city needed more emphasis on the promotion of downtown and more coordination between city venues “such as the RiverPark Center, Sportscenter, a proposed bluegrass center and the coming downtown convention and events center.” Then-City Manager…

Top Two Things To Do In Owensboro: October 16-18

Oktoberfest At The Tent Get your Oktoberfest on at The Tent which sits across from Smothers Park on Veterans Boulevard on October 17 starting at 11 a.m.  An Oompa band will get you in the German spirit starting at 4 p.m.  Shawn Brashear will take the stage from 7-11.  Enjoy all varieties of beer, grab…

Top Two Things To Do In Owensboro This Weekend: October 9-11

Live On The Banks Saturday night is music night in downtown Owensboro.  Live On The Banks is a free music series brought to you by the City of Owensboro.  Rack’em Leon will be performing at the Overlook stage.  Emma Brown will hold it down at the Allen Street Gazebo.  Both shows start at 7 p.m.…

CVB expecting big things in 2021

It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has taken a huge chunk out of Owensboro’s $228 million tourism economy this year. The hotel occupancy rate in Owenboro in September was down to 42% from 57% in 2019 and 63% in 2018. But the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau and local attractions are promoting the…

Top Two Things To Do In Owensboro This Weekend: October 2-4

Wine Your Way Out  Can you escape a corn maze while sipping on your favorite adult beverage?  Come find out at Trunnell’s Farm Market & Family Fun Acre on October 2.  At this adult only event, you’ll get to try wine from local wineries, Kentucky Beer from Kentucky Breweries and bourbon from Owensboro’s own Green…