Skiing. Hiking. Bird watching. Stargazing.
These are just a few of the words that come to mind when people think of Winthrop. The town and business owners are inviting locals and tourists to write a story that shares their experience of Winthrop.
The Winthrop Chamber of Commerce is collecting stories that will help lure more visitors to town. Writers are asked to complete this sentence: “Whenever anyone mentions Winthrop, WA, we always tell them about the time….”
The contest is looking for memories of visits, personal reflections, descriptions of the mountains and river — anything that sums up the experience of visiting Winthrop, according to Anne Young, Winthrop marketing manager.
This is the first year the chamber has held a writing contest. It builds on a photo contest the chamber held last year, which drew “a ton” of entries. “We wanted stories in a different art form,” Young said.
Selected stories will be posted on the Visit Winthrop Facebook page, where people can also ask questions about the town and business owners can provide answers and suggestions.
The chamber hopes to build awareness of the many activities available in Winthrop and of the Visit Winthrop Facebook page. They’ll also be adding to the list of people who receive the town’s marketing newsletter.
There is no word limit. Writers are encouraged to send a photo to illustrate their story.
Prizes include two nights at hotels, among them Sun Mountain Lodge, AbbyCreek Inn, and Pine Near R.V. Park, as well as gift certificates to local stores and restaurants. Members of the town’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee will judge the stories.
The deadline for entries is Dec. 1. Stories should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include name and phone number.
For more information, visit winthropwashington.com.