A little over one year ago this week I was asked if I would be interested in "exploring" Wyoming County by our publisher, Howard Owens. I immediately responded yes. Oddly, my journey a year ago began Fair week and has come full circle. Amazing to see the connections I have made, friendships, both old and new that have grown through this year, and to see a cycle of community events come around again. Chicken Barbecues, Wine Walks, and Fall Festivals are all in the near future. Shop and support local.
Wyoming County has been a key role in my life over the last 42 years as a lifelong resident of Le Roy. I was born in WCCH. All four of my children were born in WCCH. My family has used a few doctors in Warsaw over the years and I currently use a doctor in Perry. I have always ventured out to Letchworth State Park (vote #1 this year in State Parks), Silver Lake Drive-In, Warsaw Firemen's Carnival, and Pike Fair (aka Wyoming County Fair) to list a few of the places that have been family-friendly outings for many years. Remember to thank the volunteers that organize event, fund raise and give endless hours protecting you.
When I began this journey one of my first conversations was with Ed Jordan, Montgomery Shoes in Warsaw. He asked questions and listen to me as I presented our new site, Wyoming County Free Press and what we were. He was not a tech savvy internet business owner. He spent a lot of time explaining that he thought it was a great idea and service, but he also reminded me that while these communities needed this service, that they also wanted to see I wasn't just not there to be another source of advertising to take their money. Many of these business owners not only have businesses in these communities, but really invest in them. They wanted to see that I was invested in promoting them and being involved in them too. This was not a problem for me. I love to shop (I have a sticker on my car- Born to Shop) and support local, to really invest where I live and work. He commented how I was a real go-getter that he thought was a perfect fit. He was absolutely correct.
I have attended and participated in many events this last year all over Wyoming County. I have brought friends out to these events and our children. I stop and eat at these local restaurants and shop the local stores with unique gifts for people I know. I invest and shop local right where I live. Just today as I was posting on my facebook I had a friend ask me about Italian food in Wyoming County. I continually post on my facebook page events and how close they are. About exploring what is right here in both Genesee County (where I reside) and in Wyoming County where I spend many of my days. There are so any fine businesses that have been in these communities for years and some for generations.
Time always flies when you have fun and boy has this year flown by. The time I spend does not feel like a job. It is a career. Not many people are as lucky as I am to truly enjoy their job.
The premise that we run the WCFP is to only accept site sponsors/advertisers from local businesses or regional offices operating within Wyoming County and never any box chain stores. They are the people that live here. They grow businesses, families, and communitites. WCFP promotes what is already here to the people that live here and to get people from other counties to "explore" what is here. I had the pleasure this week at our booth to meet many people venturing out to the Fair that were natives and many who traveled to visit the fair. I met people from Pennsylvania, Maine, and Texas to name a few states. I met Alleghany, Orleans, Livingston, Steuben, Cattaragus, Erie, and Genesee Counties. There is something that people gravitated to right here in Pike , NY.
I heard many say this by far is the best small, country County Fair in this area of the state. I would have to agree.
Many people have still not heard of WCFP until I speak to them. Many people are telling me they follow us on facebook or got to the page regularly. Visit the site regularly (http://www.wyomingcountyfreepress.com), as facebook limits content you see randomly. They love that we only cover Wyoming County. They already shop and support local. We only accept advertisers from Wyoming County. That we have a free community calender to post all the events in your comunities or that your organizations to post on. We offer dining deals a couple times a month in the main news feed. That we are posting news events quicker. We have been doing the same in Genesee County for six years as The Batavian (http://www.thebatavian.com ).
They are realizing that we are a blog format site, to create a user account to comment under stories, enter events on the community calender, and you are able to click on may of our site sponsors ads which will take you directly to their facebook or websites. I am really educating people on how interactive and friendly our website is.
I want to take this time to say it has been a great opportunity "exploring" Wyoming County this last year. I have met many new friends and acquaintances throughout Wyoming County from Pavilion, Warsaw, Perry, Portageville (Genesee Falls), Arcade, Attica,Strykersville, and Java to name a few. There is a large agricultural and tourism side to this county, but there is a growing manufacturing side to Wyoming County that is hidden.
I will continue "exploring" this county. Shopping and supporting local. I would like to challenge you to "explore" what is right in your own communities and county.
Thank you for supporting http://www.wyomingcountyfreepress.com. This journey has just began for us all and we will continue to grow together.