The Visitor and Convention Bureau participated in a Santa Barbara County coop booth at the Savor the Central Coast event held at Santa Margarita Ranch on Oct. 2.  Attendees of the event were invited to film 30 second commercials in our booth, each featuring one of the four participating cities: Buellton, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria or Solvang.  Each Visitor Bureau rep then chose the winning video for their city.

Congratulations to Hope and Paul Merkle for their prize winning commercial for the Santa Maria Valley!  The videos filmed during the event are posted on YouTube for anyone who would like to view them all.  Many thanks to our booth partners: Jaime Shaw and Catherine Puccino, Santa Barbara CVB; Kathy Vreeland, Buellton Chamber of Commerce; Tracy Farhad, Solvang CVB.

Much appreciation and gratitude is extended to Max Tucker from the Best Western Big America and Yvonne Biely from the Santa Maria Fairpark for taking shifts to help with filming at the event!

And a HUGE thank you goes to Wendy Eidson and her assistant Chris Rush from the SLO International Film Festival www.slofilmfest.org who lent their considerable talents, equipment and expertise in filming two days’ worth of video and for providing the clips for us to post on our websites and YouTube.

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