The new visitor guide is here, the new visitor guide is here!

Shelby County Director of Tourism Freddie Fry announced that the 2006 Lake Shelbyville Visitor Guide has arrived at the tourism office and is ready to be picked up, shipped out and distributed to a wide variety of locations.

This year’s guide is jam-packed with colorful photos, information on camping and lodging, hunting, fishing, golfing, a telephone directory and a list of upcoming events for the year.

“There’s a lot of photos,” said Fry. “We had a bigger photo base this year.”

One of the reasons why there are more photos is because the tourism office sponsored a digital photography contest last summer. Entries, as well as photos that entrants donated to the tourism office, are used throughout the guide. Photos also came from events such as the Spores n’ More Festival and the Touchstone Energy Hydrofest.

The guide also underwent a few changes this year, such as shortening the restaurant listings and updating the accommodation listings.

“We unified the accommodations and the pages are brighter. We used thumbnails of the sites,” Fry explained.

There’s also a sneak peek of the new Lake Shelbyville Web site.

“We’re working on the Web site and hope to launch it soon,” Fry said.

Fry explained that the new Web site will be more interactive, not only for visitors, but for members of the Lake Shelbyville community as well.

Fry said it’s important to get these new visitor guides out early. One reason is because of the sport show season that will begin for Fry January 18 at the Chicago Land Outdoor Show.

“For a new show in a new year, we like to have the new book finished,” Fry said.

Fry also said that the tourism office has also partnered with other groups who attend shows, such as the Illinois Muskie Tournament Trail.

“They can pick up our guides and make them available in their booth,” Fry said.

Fry, who is a member of the Central Illinois Tourism and Development Board, said that she also takes the guides to her meetings.

“We try our best to distribute the guide,” Fry said. “Ideally, we would like to see the guide setting on as many business counters as possible,” Fry said. She added that business owners may come to the tourism office to pick up visitor guides, or may contact the tourism office to make other arrangements.

The tourism office also receives a lot of requests for information regarding the area. The people who request information receive the guide.. Guides have been sent throughout the United States and to Canada.

Fry also said that this is the time of year in which she is gathering dates of area events that can be included in other tourism guides, as well as the Illinois Bureau of Tourism Web site. If you have a date you would like to post, call the tourism office at 774-2244 or e-mail the office at

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