Tourism Week

April 3, 1998

St. Croix Valley Sets Annual Tourism Week Celebration

For more information, call:
Carol Sudheimer, 612/436-6882
SCVRTA President

The directors of Wisconsin and Minnesota's tourism departments will headline a celebration of St. Croix Valley tourism activities on Thursday, May 7.

The second annual "Seasons of the St. Croix: A Taste of the Valley" will be held as part of National Tourism Week activities. Sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Regional Tourism Alliance, it will be held at the New Richmond Heritage Center in New Richmond, Wis., from 4-7 p.m.

A $10 donation is required to attend the festivity. Tickets are available at St. Croix Valley chambers of commerce or by contacting Barbara Polfus of New Richmond Area Chamber at 715/246-2900. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

The Taste celebration will be preceded at 3 p.m. with an update on the drafting of a 20-year management plan by the National Park Service for the Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

The taste affair will feature food samples from some of the best restaurants in the St. Croix Valley, as well as locally produced wines and beer.

Local attractions including historic, cultural and recreational sites will have displays, as will local artisans exhibiting arts and crafts. Those interested in displaying should contact Polfus for more information. A silent auction will be held for items or services provided by display participants and other St. Croix Valley tourism and hospitality businesses. Musical entertainment will also be provided throughout the evening.

Speaking will be Wisconsin Department of Tourism Director Moose Speros and Minnesota Office of Tourism Director Steve Markusen.

Preceding the taste affair, the Alliance will sponsor a presentation from 3-4 p.m. on proposed management of the Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, which extends from Taylors Falls, Minn., and St. Croix Falls, Wis., to the confluence of the Mississippi River at Prescott, Wis., and Hastings, Minn.

A Planning Task Force comprised of representatives from the National Park Service, the Wisconsin and Minnesota Departments of Natural Resources, and interest groups along the Riverway are completing the second year of a three-year process to devise the 20-year plan.

Conducting the presentation will be Task Force Chair Clarence "Buck" Mallick of Hudson and Randall Thoreson, project planning coordinator.

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