Johnny Appleseed Trail Association hosting Second Annual Tourism Update Breakfast

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Johnny Appleseed Country Receives National Recognition from Sports Industry

Johnny Appleseed Country Receives National Recognition from Sports Industry

 SportsEvents Media Group, the leading industry publication focused exclusively on helping sporting event planners produce excellent competitions in the United States, has announced Johnny Appleseed Country as one of its 2017 Readers’ Choice Award winners.  Winners were announced in the January 2017 issue of SportsEvents.  This is the second year in a row that Johnny Appleseed Country has received the award.

Sports event professionals were asked to nominate destinations and sports venues that they believe display exemplary creativity and professionalism toward the groups they host. Nominations were received from readers throughout the year, and the top picks were selected based on results from an online voting system.

“To be recognized nationally by the industry professionals who plan sporting events every day is very exciting and humbling,” said Roy M. Nascimento, President & CEO of the Johnny Appleseed Trail Association. “It’s very rewarding to see our hard work to position North Central Massachusetts as a premier destination for amateur sporting events and competitions be recognized with this honor.”

“It is clear, based on our readers’ experiences, that these award winners are willing to go above and beyond typical service levels to help sports event planners produce outstanding events that participants, their families and spectators will want to experience again and again,” said John Rezell, executive editor of SportsEvents

Sporting events is a market that has been targeted for growth in North Central Massachusetts.  According to the National Association of Sports Commissions, travel sports spending nationally amounted to nearly $9 billion last year.

Families, athletes and attendees spend nights in hotels, fill restaurants and take in the local sights while attending a tournament or amateur sports event. This generates tax dollars for local communities, creates jobs, and contributes to economic vitality of the communities in the region. Sporting events can have a significant economic impact, but is a highly competitive market. The region is well positioned to benefit from the sporting industry with many high quality sports facilities and amenities.

The Johnny Appleseed Trail Association has worked collectively with local communities, economic development officials and attractions in the region on marketing efforts to target event organizers and other decision makers in the sports industry.

The tourism industry is the third largest industry in Massachusetts, and a major driver for the North Central Massachusetts economy. Tourists spend $127 million a year in North Central Massachusetts, supporting thousands of jobs, local businesses and providing millions of dollars in local tax revenue.

Fair Season 2017



Yes, it’s here. The end of summer. But the fun is continuing on in Appleseed Country! Fall is a most beautiful season in our area and what better way to celebrate that with the Country Fair? And what better fair than our very own Appleseed Country Fair? This fantastic festival takes place September 3nd from 10am-6pm, September 43rd from 10am-5pm and September 4th from 10am-4pm at Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston.

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This year, we have so much going on! First up is the FIDDLEFEST, the largest fiddle competition in New England! Can you play the fiddle? Come DSCF4818out on Sunday September 3rd at 12pm for a chance to win cash prizes. To register, contact Fern Parket at parkerfern@gmail.com. Click HERE for the flyer for more information.

For more info on the fiddle contest and rules and regulations Click HERE!

As always, there is also LOTS OF LIVE MUSIC to see who’s playing check out our MUSIC LINEUP.

New to the Fair is the John Deer Human Tractor Pull. Competitors will be pulling fullsized farm tractors with nothing but their own muscles and grit to get them through.

Thank you to all of OUR SPONSORS for the 5th Annual Appleseed Country Fair!SWH_Logo_4c_Tag Print

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Kick Off 2017 in Style with Johnny Appleseed Country

With an abundance of parties, events, and unique experiences 2016 is already looking to bring a years’ worth of fun, hope and cheer! Appleseed Country is a perfect place to celebrate with your children, family, friends, or any guests who may be traveling to the kick off 2017 and say goodbye to 2016. For a more memorable experience to ring in the new year and a full January calendar of events Click Here.
Kick of 2017 with a bang at these New Year’s Eve Festivities:

Check out our Member Directory for a listing off all of our members and see everyone who we will be celebrating the coming of 2017 with!

The Johnny Appleseed Trail Association Needs Your Help!

Governor Baker Slashes Tourism Funding

Contact Your State Legislators To Restore These Cuts

The Johnny Appleseed Trail Association Needs Your Help!

Late last week Governor Baker quietly “swept” $3 million out of the Tourism Trust Fund, eliminating funding for Regional Tourism Councils by 50% – making it very difficult to market and promote tourism and visitors to our state.

These drastic cuts will have a tremendous negative impact on our collective ability to attract tourists and visitors to our region.  It will undoubtedly hurt small businesses and local shops and sites that benefit from business or leisure visitors to our area and hinder our ability to drive visitors to your businesses.

WE NEED TO RESTORE THESE CUTS!

The Legislature is considering a “Supplemental” budget to restore this funding but they need to hear from all of us that these cuts are bad and are going to hurt the local economy.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATOR AND STATE REPRESENTATIVE NOW!

Please use the link below to email YOUR State Senator and State Representative directly and ask them to restore the Tourism Trust funding.  It’s easy, simple and will only take a minute.  This is the first time we are asking you to use this technology.  Please take advantage of this user-friendly service and take the time to personalize your email to your legislators.

https://www.votervoice.net/MVIC/campaigns/48864/respond

SportsEvents Announces Johnny Appleseed Country as a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award Winner

SportsEvents Announces Johnny Appleseed Country as a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award Winner

SportsEvents Media Group, the leading industry publication focused exclusively on helping sports event planners produce excellent competitions in the United States, has announced Johnny Appleseed Country as one of its 2017 Readers’ Choice Award winners.

Winners will be announced in the January 2017 issue of SportsEvents.

Sports event professionals were asked to nominate destinations and sports venues that they believe display exemplary creativity and professionalism toward the groups they host. Nominations were received from readers throughout the year, and the top picks were selected based on results from an online voting system.

SportsEvents readers came out in force to nominate and then to vote for their favorite sports events destinations and the host organizations that represent them. Our team is proud to honor the nominees that received the most votes with a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award,” said John Rezell, SportsEvents executive editors.

“It is clear, based on our readers’ experiences, that these award winners are willing to go above and beyond typical service levels to help sports event planners produce outstanding events that participants, their families and spectators will want to experience again and again. It is our privilege to announce their selection by sports event planners as among the best in the United States.”

 

About SportsEvents Media Group

SportsEvents Media Group, publisher of SportsEvents magazine, is the industry leader in providing products and services designed to connect sports events organizers with sports commissions, CVBs, hotels, insurance companies and other sports events industry suppliers.

The sports events industry’s only true multi-media company unites sports event buyers and suppliers with the leading monthly magazine (SportsEvents), online (www.sportseventsmagazine.com), through social media, and with face-to-face conferences and trade shows—S.P.O.R.T.S. – The Relationship Conference.

About Covey Communications Corp.

Founded and owned by J. Talty O’Connor, Covey Communications Corp. is a multimedia company that publishes nationally distributed magazines for targeted markets. In addition to SportsEvents Magazine and its ancillary titles, Covey Communications Corp. also publishes ConventionSouth, the leading publication and website in the United States for meeting and convention planners who book events in the South; Condo Owner, serving the Alabama and Northwest Florida Gulf Coast; and Crossties, an internationally known railroad industry publication.

Experience Massachusetts in

Welcome to Johnny Appleseed Country! Here you will be able to find information on the attractions, lodgings, restaurants, shops, and events that make the 26 cities and towns of north central the perfect travel destination. Continue to the rest of the site and begin your adventure to Johnny Appleseed Country.

Experience Massachusetts in

Welcome to Johnny Appleseed Country! Here you will be able to find information on the attractions, lodgings, restaurants, shops, and events that make the 26 cities and towns of north central the perfect travel destination. Continue to the rest of the site and begin your adventure to Johnny Appleseed Country.