NORMAN, Okla. — The Norman Convention & Visitors Bureau announced today the winner of the Local Legend Challenge and a prize of $1,000. Dynah Korhummel, owner and operator of Feather Creek Farm, received the award during a celebratory gathering Tuesday afternoon.


The Local Legend Challenge was developed to engage the community and promote Norman to organizations that need a host city for conferences, sporting tournaments, conventions or other events.  It was also an aid to educate the community on the services provided by the CVB. 


“The Challenge was an opportunity for community members to become community leaders,” says NCVB Executive Director Stephen Koranda.


Interested patrons were asked to submit a conference, meeting or event opportunity to the CVB to enter to win and be recognized as a Local Legend.  Every person that submitted a qualified lead was entered into a drawing to be recognized in the CVB newsletter and a chance to win $1,000.


This year’s Local Legend, Dynah Korhummel, requested the CVB’s support and assistance in hosting the 2010 Horse Trials that Feather Creek Farm planned to host. 


The CVB worked with Korhummel regarding her accommodations for overnight guests as well as other support services.  Korhummel was put in the drawing for two events she was planning for June 4-6, 2010 and August 28-29, 2010. Her name was drawn this week and announced this week.


“This event would have been difficult to pull off without the efforts of the Norman CVB,” says Korhummel. “They’ve got the best relationship with the hotels and venues. The staff helped me understand how my event could impact the community.”


Based on calculations developed by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and the U.S. Travel Association, each of Korhummel’s events brought in 200 competitors, 400 room nights and an economic average of $138,800. The grand economic total of the events combines is estimated at $277,600 new dollars to Norman.


“We’re grateful for community members like Dynah,” says Koranda. “They understand the role we play in the community and help spread the word to others so that we can boost Norman’s economy and assist in making our community an ideal destination for visitors.”


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While this promotion has ended, the Norman CVB encourages all community members to continue to promote Norman as a destination and seek the CVB’s assistance in hosting events. The CVB is working to develop the next Local Legend Challenge. No date has been set.


The NCVB exists to promote the city, to attract overnight meeting, convention, sport and tourism business to the community, and to enhance and contribute to the overall identity and economic well-being of the city. The Vision of the Norman Convention & Visitors Bureau is to be the leader who proactively markets and develops Norman as the preferred destination in Oklahoma.


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Contact: Jen Tregarthen