The Agriculture Department of West Virginia recognized in-state agritourism firms for helping to shine a light on the state's attributes, according to a press release.
The state conducted a February 29 Agritourism Workshop in Morgantown, where it distributed annual prizes and awards that celebrate exceptional advertising, promotion and publicity of destinations and attractions offered by the state. Betty Carver, state tourism commissioner recognized winners who were in attendance at the workshop late last month.
"Agritourism has become an important niche in the tourism industry. West Virginia farms and rural communities are experiencing an increased interest in the products they produce and the lifestyle they showcase," said Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass.
The top award for the best brochure for an attraction of event went to Heritage Farm, which was followed by Smoke Hole Outfitters and then Brookedale Farm. The best rack card was awarded to Mountain State Art & Craft Fair, followed by WV Strawberry Festival and New River Trail Rides.
Cello/Bloomery Plantation Distillery got the nod for best website, followed by West Virginia Strawberry Festival and then Mountain State Art & Craft Fair.