April 2023 shaping up to be an eventful month for tourism

By Paige Nash

Last April the Annual Archery Shooters Association (ASA) competition, Germantown Bluegrass Festival and Green Thumb Jamboree all landed on the same weekend. 

Executive Director of Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Commission, Serana Gray said, “Last April all our events stacked up on the same weekend, Johnnye (Kennon) and I have been working hard to spread those events out and we have been successful in that. So, as of right now every weekend in April has an event and they are major events.” 

April 27-30 is the set date for the 2023 Delta McKenzie ASA Pro/Am Tour to make its way back into the parish. Camp Minden is officially set to host the Annual ASA tournament for the next ten years.  

Hotels, motels, Bed & Breakfasts, campsites and rental properties are already filling up with reservations from competitors, spectators and vendors.  

Nicky Patel, WPCVC board member and owner of Best Western Hotel in Minden said, “We are already almost booked up for the archery competition.” 

The 2022 tournament brought in 1,655 visitors from 41 different states and two other countries, which included Canada and Australia. This ten-year contract is predicted to have an economic impact on Webster Parish and surrounding parishes of Bossier and Caddo, of up to three million dollars per year.  

There are already plans in place to make future events bigger and better by supplying additional shooting lanes, tournament village grounds, possible Wi-Fi availability and more.  

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