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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 14, 2014
Becca Pilcher, Assistant to Thurston County Commissioner Romero at (360) 786-5747 or Pilcher@co.thurston.wa.us

Celebrate Thurston County's Bountiful Byway
Special tour of the county's agricultural wonders

Imagine you could follow a dreamy pathway that led you to Thurston County's best farms, wineries, nurseries, cultural attractions and more! Now imagine that winding, serene pathway became a reality. On Tuesday, March 18 the Thurston County Board of Commissioners will officially designate the Thurston Bountiful Byway—a scenic route in the heart of Thurston County's most picturesque rural and agricultural lands. The public is invited to celebrate the adoption at a free event at 4 p.m. on Tuesday immediately following the board meeting at the County Courthouse in Olympia.

The byway will be a scenic route that promotes agricultural tourism, or "agritourism," in the rural parts of Thurston County. The proposed route starts in the Nisqually Valley, stretches south to the city of Yelm and west to the Capital Forest before ending at the intersection of Mud Bay Road and Delphi Road SW. Along the way you can explore dozens of special stops and activities including creameries, nurseries, wineries, sculpture gardens, and historic sites. There are more than 90 suggested agricultural, ecological and cultural stops along the Bountiful Byway. Pick a day and stop at as many attractions as time allows.

The route was developed in cooperation with several community partners including local farmers and business owners, the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau, Thurston County WSU Extension, the Thurston Regional Planning Council, and other organizations. For more information please visit www.facebook.com/ThurstonBountifulByway.

WHAT: Thurston County Bountiful Byway Celebration—free and open to the public

WHEN: Tuesday, Mar. 18, 4–5 p.m. (immediately following the Board of Commissioners meeting)

WHERE: Thurston County Courthouse Building One, Room 2802000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3