The Harlan Outdoor Recreation Authority held it’s regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, discussing several matters, including advertising options for the Black Mountain Thunder Zip Line.
After motions to accept the minutes from the previous meeting and the financial report were approved, chairman Dallas Gilbert asked for opinions on advertising the Black Mountain Thunder Zip Line.
Authority member Ronnie Shoope suggested distributing flyers in the Laurel Lake area.
Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area Administrative Assistant Susan Haught reminded the panel Harlan Tourism Director Brandon Pennington had agreed to distribute some materials advertising the park and zip line.
“The state fair’s coming up, and Brandon Pennington’s going down there,” said Haught. “He has our rack cards, and I created a flyer…at the bottom of the flyer there’s an extra $5 off if they bring the flyer in. That way we can keep track and see how many people that brings in.”
According to Gilbert, rack cards have turned out to be the most effective way to advertise the park.
Authority member Ken Crider mentioned that a couple from Texas had shown up at the zip line recently after reading about it on rack cards distributed at the Benham Inn.
Authority member Kenneth Foster offered to travel to Louisville in October and distribute rack cards, flyers and other advertising materials if the board wished.
In other authority activity:
• The panel discussed the possibility of holding a “tough man” race in October;
• The authority referred Leon Skidmore to Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop on a matter involving alleged damages Skidmore claims were done to his property.
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