Writing contest

To the Editor:

The Winter/Spring Travel Writing Contest to showcase New York’s Champlain Valley is underway and anyone can submit an article—just do it by April 30. First prize is $500 and the People’s Choice prize for most online votes is $250.

Champlain Area Trails (CATS) is hosting this contest to promote the local economy so write about your favorite places—restaurants, stores, historic sites, a neighbor’s farm, etc.—and activities like biking, boating, fishing, golfing, skiing, walking. Send in pictures too. And make sure to include getting out on a CATS trail—you can find those and contest guidelines at www.champlainareatrails.com.

Just think of someone who is looking for a place to visit. What would make him or her say, “That’s the place I want to go.” It could be views of the lake, walks in your town, friendly people at the neighborhood store, a comfortable inn, tasty home-grown food at the diner, quiet back roads, a noisy bar with local musicians, the high school play, chatting at the post office, seeing wild turkeys while walking in the woods. Write about what you like to do.

People research vacation destinations online, so we’ll get the stories out on the web to attract visitors to see this great place where we live. So, please write an article or simply tell others to enter the contest because more stories will bring in more visitors, attract new residents, get more kids in the schools, and lead to thriving year-round businesses.

Chris Maron,

Executive Director,

Champlain Area Trails

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