Best of Effingham Tourism Awards Announced

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Published on June 11 2014 10:22 am
Last Updated on June 11 2014 3:26 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) celebrated National Travel and Tourism Week with giveaways and their first annual Best of
Effingham Tourism Awards.

"The Best of Effingham Tourism Awards were created for two reasons: to give us insight into residents' minds on our best attractions in Effingham and to
give our visitors suggestions straight from City residents," said Jodi Jackson, Director of Tourism for the City of Effingham.

The Effingham CVB generated buzz for National Travel & Tourism Week by sharing this contest on social media and also promoting on local radio
channels. Residents could also stop by the Visitor Center for giveaways. Anyone who voted was entered in a drawing to win four tickets to Raging Rivers
Water Park in Grafton, IL and a $100 Visa gift card.

The categories and associated winners are as follows:

"Favorite Place to Check out Culture in Effingham: Effingham Performance Center

"Best Restaurant in Effingham: Niemerg's Steak House

"Favorite Local Shopping Establishment in Effingham: Millennium Accessories

"Favorite Place for a Sweet Treat in Effingham: Homewood Grill

"Best Outdoor Spot in Effingham: TREC trail

"Best Outdoor Event in Effingham: Mid America Motorworks' Funfest

"Best Nightlife Hangout in Effingham: Gabby Goat American Pub & Grill

"Community Hidden Gem in Effingham: Tuscan Hills Winery

The winners were presented with their award May 16th. These winners will also be featured in upcoming advertisements, along with being included in the
2015 Effingham Visitor Guide. The Effingham CVB is also currently producing short video testimonials for each winner.

The Effingham CVB is encouraging everyone to experience attractions in Effingham and become a tourist in your own backyard! For more information on
the Best of Effingham Tourism Award winners, contact the Effingham Tourism Office at 217-342-5310 or visiteffinghamil. com.