by Madison V. Fisler
May 29, 2014. On Friday, June 6, Wahoo’s Adventures will host the fifth annual Blues, Brews, BBQ and Canoes event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This event, which provides a venue for those who work in the High Country’s tourism industry to get to know each other, will take place at Wahoo’s Outpost on the New River.
Since it’s inception five years ago, hundreds of High Country tourism employees have flocked to the area each year to meet up with their business neighbors and have a good time.
“We are looking at 30-40 vendors this year,” said Virginia Roseman of Wahoo’s.
“We have some breweries, a possible distillery, some new restaurants showcasing themselves for the first time and lots more. It’s free and we want everyone to have a good time. We will have the King Bees playing music, we have invited three barbeque places to come out, it is going to be a really great time.”
“Come out to the New River and play in canoes, kayaks and tubes; learn more about area attractions and party with live music, beer, barbeque and more!” read a press release for the event.
The free event will host tables and tents for vendors to display their services and products and give away samples of what they can do. Vendors are encouraged to bring lots of give away items to give to their business neighbors throughout the day and they are encouraged to take some time to enjoy themselves for the day of networking.
“From 10 a.m. until noon, we want everyone to take a trip on the water. We will have corn hole out and we are in the process of building a disc golf course!” said Roseman.
“The hands-on tourism exhibit expo will be from 1-4 p.m., everyone should play to start with and then we can get down to business. Our staff will take turns sitting at everyone’s stations so everyone gets to meet all of the other businesses.”
Interested businesses should RSVP by June 4.
“We are encouraging every tourism-related business to send at least one person to talk about them!” Roseman said.
“I am really excited to be a part of this. When I worked for another tourism attraction, I attended several times as a vendor and I got a lot out of it. I got to know everyone. Now being part of the event, this just gives me pride to be able to help everyone be the best we can be for the tourism industry.”
For more information about this event, call 828-262-5774.