Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bodies Revealed Coming to Gallia County

The Bossard Library is the host of the Bodies Revealed, an exhibit that features "...the human body in unprecedented detail in a manner normally reserved for medical professionals. Visitors can look deep inside the carefully-preserved specimens, learn disease and unhealthy lifestyles have on the body."

So real human bodies on display. REAL HUMANS. If you are interested in science, or the human form this exhibit is worth seeing. And speaking of worth, admission to this exhibit is free to the public. If you are unaware this exhibit normally costs about $30 a person to view but The Bossard Library is inviting everyone to partake in this experience for free starting September 25th to December 31st.

I think it is cool that this exhibit will be here just in time for Halloween. For the kids who dress up as skeletons it will be neat actually see a skeleton. From a tourism standpoint these moving exhibits are fantastic for a small town. Bodies Revealed has a following and reputation, which will bring more visitors to Gallia County. This brings visitors to local businesses and is a bump in our own economy. If you have ever wondered why tourism is so important in a small town, this is why.

The Bossard Library works diligently to offer activities for youth to adults year 'round, their mission is " ...learning is a celebration of life, and that reading is the best way to enjoy that experience.". After you view the exhibit be sure to thank the staff for their efforts. We are incredibly lucky to have such an active library!

Exhibit Hours:

Sunday 1:00pm-4:30pm

Monday to Friday 10:00am-7:30pm

Saturday 10:00am-4:30pm

*Ages 12 & under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Thank You Gallia County BBQ Sponsors

The Gallia County Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit organization so we have to host fundraising events to help us promote Gallia County and bring fun activities to GC. For three years we have organized and hosted the Gallia County BBQ Festival as a way to raise money for our office. We are so lucky to live in a place with businesses and organizations that are so willing to help our cause!

These businesses do more than just throw money at an event but are a vital part of the event. Many of these sponsors went the extra mile to help us with the festival. We greatly appreciate all their assistance with our festival. Many of them donate to several events every year.  This isn’t just to get their name on a banner but to play an active role in our community.

Gallia County is made up of many small businesses and it just keeps growing. Many of our franchises are locally owned and are also active in the community! Thank you to all of these business that are so invested in our community. Thank you for helping us bring something fun to Gallia County.

If you haven’t already, like these organizations on social media or visit their businesses.

Honey Creek Barbecue:

(740) 446-0400

3103 Centenary Rd, Gallipolis, OH 45631

Aaron’s Inc.:

(740) 446-2333

2171 Eastern Ave, 45631 Gallipolis, OH

City of Gallipolis:

(740) 441-6003

Colony Club:

(740) 208-5526

418 2nd Ave, Gallipolis, OH 45631

Gallia County Chamber of Commerce:

(740) 446-0596

16 State Street, PO Box 465, Gallipolis OH 45631

Holzer Health Systems:

(855) 446-5937

Jones-Ease Lawn Care & More:

(304) 875-2263

1888 Addison Pike, Gallipolis, OH 45631

O.O. McIntyre:

Pleasant Valley Hospital:

(304) 675-4340

2520 Valley Drive, Point Pleasant, WV 25550

River City Leather:

(740) 446-4172

314 2nd Ave, Gallipolis, OH 45631

Rowdy’s Smokehouse:

495 Ralph Street, Jackson, OH 45640


Tri-County Vending:

174 Dogwood Drive, Gallipolis, OH 45631

(740) 379-2218

Wrapping-Up an Event

And just like that it was over. Last Saturday was our annual BBQ festival. This is an event that is worked on all year ‘round and it is over in a day.

We have deemed this year’s festival a success. But with every success there is always room for improvement. After completing such a large event it is good to step back and look at the pros and cons of the event. What worked, what didn’t.


As you plan an event you say phrases such as “I’m positive people will like _____”, now stop and laugh because that is not always the case. For example, in our food tent we thought guests will be more likely to order the pork sampler trays and maybe a few will order the brisket sandwiches. Well the sandwiches were very popular and we ran out of buns.

Getting feedback from volunteers is also really helpful because they see things that you don’t. However, be careful what you wish for. Taking constructive criticism is an important factor in planning an event. Everyone has an opinion. In this day in age they are more likely to share that unfiltered opinion on social media and handling those comments comes with every event. Sometimes comments are good, other times not so much. My issue is taking the comments personally, when you put so much in an event it becomes your baby and separating yourself from it can be tough but, necessary.


Just because the event is over doesn’t mean it is finished. Following up with your volunteers, teams, and sponsors is the most overlooked part of an event. Letting these folks know that their participation is appreciated is such an important part of building that relationship with the community, not to mention future events.

A simple note or a thank you card can make a big difference. This is not an email or Facebook message. Break out that pen and card, because these should be handwritten notes that are mailed. Taking that extra time gives a personal touch to your message that doesn’t feel so copy & paste like. This “old school” move sets you apart and is something that isn’t done often enough.


I love staff meetings! Not sure about my team, but I love ‘em! For me it is also a great chance to brain storm, get everyone on the same page, wrap up the event and begin working on the next. Yep, that’s right we are moving on to the next event. In a CVB we are constantly attending events or hosting them so once you catch your breath from one thing it is on to another. And that is one of the things I love most about this job! When you’re sick of talking about the BBQ Fest here comes the Bob Evan’s Farm Festival to get excited about!

As always thanks for reading!

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