Contact:
Myrna George
President
South County Tourism Council
4808 Tower Hill Road, Suite 101
Wakefield, RI 02879
mgeorge@southcountyri.com

Celebrate South County at RI State House

South County moved north briefly during the 18th Annual "Celebrate South County Day...and the Rest of the State" at the Rhode Island State House on Tuesday, May 11, the kick-off of the 2010 National Tourism Week.

Celebrate South County Day is a collaborative annual event promoting the power of travel by recognizing the benefits created by tourism as it enhances the economy, security�and perception of the state.

�South County is a wonderful place to visit and live in because it is so beautiful and diverse,� said Myrna George, president of the South County Tourism Council. �Of course there are the beaches, but also historical sites, bike paths, nature preserves, arts programs and incredible food.�

South County exhibitors offered a �Taste of South County� with food samples including: Indian pudding from Aunt Carrie�s, samples from Coventry�s Cracker Barrel, Johnny cakes from Kenyon Cornmeal Company, trail mix from US Fish & Wildlife Kettle Pond Visitors Center, George�s of Galilee, Del�s, and chowder from Yawgoo Bakes & Barbeques.�

Other exhibitors include General Nathanael Greene Homestead, RI Resource Conservation & Development, Seabee Museum, Block Island Ferry, Rhody Warm, South County Chambers, along with other tourism regions to promote awareness of the travel and tourism industry's economic, social, and cultural contributions to the region.

Offering a delicious version of the South County Tourism region�s scallop shell logo was Sweenor�s Chocolate�s with their scallop shell shaped chocolates, to the delight of legislators and general officers.

�Plumy� the lighthouse shone as the day�s unofficial mascot, greeting visitors and showing off his personalized Rhode Island license plate. A portion of the proceeds from the Plum Beach Lighthouse vanity plates funds the repainting project of the lighthouse.

The South County Tourism Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the towns of Charlestown, Coventry, East Greenwich, Exeter, Hopkinton, Narragansett, North Kingstown, Richmond, South Kingstown, West Greenwich, and Westerly as a leisure travel destination.� For more information, please visit www.southcountyri.com.�

Photo caption: Myrna George, South County Tourism Council President, and Plumy the Lighthouse, attended �Celebrate South County Day . . . and the Rest of the State� on May 11 at the RI State House. Here, Plumy displays his personalized license plate depicting the Plum Point Lighthouse in North Kingstown.