I consider my job to be among the best there is. How many first-year college students get to travel around Ohio to tell people all about the cool things to do around this fascinating state? Working with the Ohio Office of Tourism on the “Too Much Fun Mobile Tour” has been a blast so far, not only because I’ve had the chance to travel and make new friends, but I’ve learned so much more than I ever thought I could about Ohio.
As a kid, my family and I would take day trips around the state to check out festivals and fairs such as the Ohio State Fair or the Banana Split Festival, and main tourist attractions like Cedar Point, the Wilds, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As I’ve grown up, we still do travel around as a family, but our interests have branched outwards to the Columbus Museum of Art, Yellow Springs, and staying in shape via the bike trails.
This tour has given me a plethora of knowledge and ideas to bring back to my family as suggestions for more family trips; and my prior knowledge has helped me adapt to talking with people, urging them to check out Ohio’s offerings. On the way to each festival, the Mobile Tour team makes stops at Ohio destinations large and small, and takes photos that are posted on our Facebook page. I’ve met great people along the way, too. In addition to the tourism partners from Ohio’s counties who I’ve grown to know, I had the chance to meet Jack Hanna at the Wilds and Columbus Zoo on one of our stops!
Our team has made appearances in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus so far. Future Ohio stops include the Dayton Air Show, LaGrange Street Festival in Toledo, and, finally, the Marysville Hot-Air Balloon Festival. We also travel to events in the states that surround Ohio sharing information and encouraging out-of-staters to visit. The Ohio Tourism tent isn’t hard to spot with our giant blue and green flags, so don’t be shy, stop on over and say “hi” at one of the festivals this summer!