North Platte “Friend of Tourism” Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Lisa Burke

North Platte Convention and Visitors Bureau

1221 S. Dewey, Suite A, North Platte, NE 69101, (308) 532-4729

lburke@visitnorthplatte.com

 

NORTH PLATTE –   Dave Harrold, president of North Platte’s Original Town Association was honored with the North Platte/Lincoln County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s “Friend of Tourism” award in a surprise ceremony on April 25. “Our Board of Directors and staff has known for a long time who we wanted to receive this award,” said Lisa Burke, Executive Director of the NP/LCCVB. “We just had a hard time catching up with Dave in order to give it to him.”

Harrold was honored for his work in developing and promoting North Platte’s annual Rail Fest celebration and for promoting the concept of “Rail Town USA.” “This isn’t an award we give out freely,” said Burke. “Our board and our staff look at people who see the importance of the economic impact of tourism and work to promote and grow tourism in the community. Dave fits that mold.”

Brenda Mainwaring, the Public Relations Director for Union Pacific Railroad was on hand to express her appreciation for Harrold’s work. “North Platte is very important to Union Pacific Railroad, and we really value the work that Dave has done to show us and our employees how much North Platte appreciates us.”

Rail Fest was awarded the “Best New Event” by the Nebraska Division of Travel and Tourism in 2007, and was named one of the top 100 events in America by the American Bus Association. The 2011 Rail Fest will be on September 16 – 18.

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