LOVE is coming back to town
Published 4:06 pm Tuesday, July 22, 2014
COURTLAND—The Virginia Tourism Corporation will bring an oversized LOVE artwork to the Franklin-Southampton County Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 13, as part of a state and local partnership to promote tourism. The artwork, which is 16 feet long and more than 6 feet high, is part of the Virginia is for Lovers campaign and promotes the message that love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Visitors can come see the LOVE when it arrives Aug. 13 and will be on display at the Franklin- Southampton County Fair, 25374 New Market Rd., Courtland, through Saturday, Aug. 16.
Visitors are encouraged to take a family picture in front of the artwork and share it on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/VirginiaisforLovers or on Twitter, using the special hashtag #LOVEVA.
The Franklin-Southampton County Fair includes tons of family entertainment and fun. From a local talent show to famous country artists rocking the fairgrounds, you are sure to enjoy it. There is something for everyone to do, whether you want to enjoy viewing and learning about local horticulture and field crops or compete in a watermelon eating contest. The entertainment this year includes country artist Tyler Farr on Friday night and Chase Rice with Chris Lane on Saturday. Come enjoy with us and take a picture with the LOVE artwork to help remember your trip.
“Our iconic Virginia is for Lovers brand is about love — pure and simple, and has been for more than 40 years,” said Rita McClenny, president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. “We are excited to share the LOVE at locations throughout the Commonwealth where so many people can enjoy being a part of it. It reminds us that Virginia is an ideal destination for families looking to completely connect on a Virginia vacation.”
Dallas Jones, chairman of the Southampton County Board of Supervisors shared, “The Franklin Southampton County Fair is a longstanding tradition for our community, attracting visitors from miles away. We look forward to showcasing Southampton County during this week each year. Numerous volunteers dedicate countless hours to make this event a great success.”
Amanda Jarratt, chief executive officer and president of Franklin-Southampton Economic Development Inc., stated, “We are pleased to be able to work with Virginia Tourism and the Fair Board to bring the LOVE artwork back to the Franklin-Southampton community. This is a great way to partner with the state and share this unique artwork with our local community and visitors from across the region.”
Tourism is an instant revenue generator for Virginia. In 2010, tourism generated $19 billion in revenue, supported 204,000 jobs and generated $1.3 billion in state and local taxes.
Visit www.Virginia.org to learn more or call 1-800-VISITVA to request a free, Virginia is for Lovers travel guide.