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Visit Hagerstown Announces USA Cycling Selection of Washington County, MD, as Location for 2018 and 2019 Amateur Road National Championships May 15, 2017

(May 12, 2017) – USA Cycling has announced that the 2018 and 2019 Amateur Road National Championships will be held in Hagerstown and Washington County, Maryland. Scheduled for July 26-29, 2018, the National Championships will be raced across the beautiful rolling terrain of Washington County in Western Maryland.   “We are excited to have our 2018 and 2019 Amateur Road National Championships in Hagerstown, within driving distance for many members of our road cycling community,” said Chuck Hodge, USA Cycling Vice President of Operations. “This picturesque part of Maryland should present our athletes with challenging courses worthy of the National Championships.”… Read More

Winners of 2nd Annual #HappyinHagerstown Photo Contest Announced August 11, 2016

CVB Announces WINNERS OF 2nd Annual #HappyinHagerstown photo contest HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND –The Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is pleased to announce the top three winners of its second annual #HappyInHagerstown photo contest. This year ‘s selection committee had to choose from nearly 1,000 photographs taken throughout Washington County, Maryland, by visitors and residents. The first place winner of the 2016 #HappyInHagerstown photo contest is Scott Cantner for his photograph of a girl blowing bubbles by the lake in City Park. “This photo captures the true essence of fun and happiness at Hagerstown’s beautiful City Park,” said Dan… Read More


HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND – Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Senior Information Specialist Jean Carbaugh was recently presented with the Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) Star Award by the Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG) Partnership. The award was presented on May 25 at the JTHG Partnership’s 10th Annual Conference held in downtown Hagerstown. The Star Award is presented each year to a CTA who exemplifies excellence in hospitality and customer service. This individual consistently exceeds customer expectations, possesses a strong knowledge of the region and its attractions, and promotes the ideals of the JTHG Partnership. “Jean Carbaugh is an asset to… Read More


HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND – The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (WCMFA) was recently featured on FlipKey’s travel blog as one of the nation’s “Top Museums Worth Traveling For.” The museum represents the state of Maryland in the blog post, part of FlipKey’s 50 States Series, touching on a number of subjects and highlighting attractions from state to state. The list of “Top Museums Worth Traveling For” includes some of the most sophisticated and high end museums in the country. “This is a great distinction for the museum,” said director of the WCMFA, Rebecca Massie Lane. “The list is truly a… Read More

Hagerstown to Host Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association’s Spring Conference March 31-April 3, 2016. March 29, 2016

Hagerstown to Host Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association’s Spring Conference March 31-April 3, 2016. Over 20 outdoor travel journalists to attend conference and tour Washington County. (Hagerstown MD) -- Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is pleased to announce that the Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association’s Spring Conference will be held March 31-April 3, 2016, at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, in Hagerstown.  Over 20 travel journalists who specialize in outdoor writing and blogging are expected to attend the conference. The Conference theme is “Making Money in a Digital World…Touch 10 Million Lives” and seminars will be held at the… Read More

Atlantic Region of the American Volkssport Association to hold its 8th biennial Conference on March 18-20, 2016 March 14, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Atlantic Region of the American Volkssport Association to hold its 8th biennial Conference on March 18-20, 2016   (Hagerstown, MD, March 10, 2016) — Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is pleased to announce that the Atlantic Region of the American Volkssport Association will hold its eighth biennial Conference on March 18-20, 2016, at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, in Hagerstown.  Two hundred participants are expected to attend the Conference. The Conference will feature three 10k volksmarches (walks) which are open to the public.  Each walk also has a 5k or 6k option.  The walks will… Read More

CVB's Audrey Vargason selected for ReJuvenate Magazine's 2015 Industry Leaders: Trailblazers & Groundbreakers December 9, 2015

(Hagerstown, MD) Visit Hagerstown’s director of sales, Audrey Vargason, has been selected for ReJuvenate Magazine's December  2015 issue, “2015 Industry Leaders: Trailblazers & Groundbreakers” special insert publication.  There are 2,000 destination marketing organizations throughout the U.S.; Vargason was the only Marylander among the 20 names that were submitted to the magazine by its industry partners across the U.S.     Rejuvenate’s web article states that “this troupe of trailblazers is visionary, insightful and savvy about the events industry. Although their job responsibilities, career paths and places of work vary, they all have one thing in common: They love the faith-based meetings… Read More

Visit Hagerstown CVB wins “Best Digital Marketing Campaign” Award November 3, 2015

Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau wins “Best Digital Marketing Campaign” at Maryland Tourism Coalition’s annual Travel & Tourism Summit (Hagerstown, MD) Visit Hagerstown–Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau recently brought home the award for Best Digital Marketing Campaign at the annual Maryland Tourism Coalition’s Tourism and Travel Summit. Visit Hagerstown accepted the award, during the conference’s Annual Awards Banquet held Thursday, October 29, at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, MD. A digital campaign was launched to promote the Hagerstown Sun’s 35th Anniversary this year and ran from April to August. The campaign resulted in a positive… Read More

Local Authors to hold Book Signing at Visitor Welcome Center 10/24/16 from 12pm-2pm October 20, 2015

(Hagerstown, MD) Mark P. and Julia Stinson Brugh will be hosting a book signing and will be on hand to autograph copies of their newly released “Civil War Ghosts of Sharpsburg”  at the Visitor Welcome Center on Saturday, October 24, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.  The Welcome Center is located at 6 North Potomac Street in downtown Hagerstown. Civil War Ghosts of Sharpsburg is the newest addition to The History Press’ Haunted America series. The book was released on August 31st, 2015.   Read More

Fort Frederick Event– Experience Diversions from Military Life During the French and Indian War October 20, 2015

Big Pool, Md. – Experience pleasant diversions from military life at Fort Frederick during the French and Indian War as members of the recreated Joshua Beall’s Company and Alexander Beall’s Company garrison the fort. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm for special evening programs Saturday, October 24, 2015. The fort will be closed 4 pm to 6 pm to prepare for the evening program of fun Saturday. Sunday, October 25, 2015 hours are 10 am to 4 pm.   “This program gives our visitors a chance to take part in some of the… Read More

Violin Virtuoso Jaime Jorge Performing a Free Concert October 10 October 6, 2015

Hagerstown, MD – Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church is sponsoring a free concert, open to the community on Saturday, October 10 at 11am. Location: Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church, 11507 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742 All are invited to hear Jorge’s forceful and expressive mastery of the violin, which has delighted audiences around the globe for over 20 years. Born in Cuba in 1970, Jorge began violin studies at age five. When he was ten, his family immigrated to the United States and he began lessons with the eminent violinist Cyrus Forough, a student of the great David Oistrakh. Jorge’s mother wanted him… Read More

Sideling Hill Welcome Center Re-Opening on Friday, October 9th October 5, 2015

(Hagerstown, MD) The Re-Opening Ceremony of the Sideling Hill Welcome Center at Sideling Hill  at 3pm on October 9th on I-70.  Public Invited. YOU’RE INVITED! Please join the State of Maryland for the re-opening of the Sideling Hill Welcome Center WHERE:  Sideling Hill Welcome Center - I-68 Westbound, (Approximately 10 miles west of Hancock with parking available on the Eastbound Side) WHEN: Friday, October 9, 2015, 3:00 p.m. SCHEDULED TO SPEAK: Mr. William Pencek, Acting Manager Director, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts Mr. Wayne Keefer, President, Hancock Chamber of Commerce The Honorable Daniel Murphy, Mayor, Town of Hancock   The… Read More

CVB & Hagerstown Suns Unveil 2015 Bobblehead, MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2:00 PM. August 13, 2015

HAGERSTOWN, MD – The media are invited to the unveiling of the Hagerstown-Washington County CVB’s Official Hagerstown Suns 2015 Bobblehead. Please NOTE: The event will take place on Monday, August 17, 2:00 PM at the Visitor Welcome Center located at 6 North Potomac Street in Hagerstown. Suns players will be on hand to give autographs of the bobblehead following the unveiling. The CVB partners annually with the Hagerstown Suns in this promotion, and it is traditionally of a figure who is well known, either historically, or living, and has impacted Washington County in a significant way. The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention… Read More

Racine MultiSports, LLC to hold Fort Ritchie Duathlon & Triathlon Events on Sunday, August 2, 2015 July 31, 2015

(Hagerstown, MD)  Racine MultiSports, LLC will hold the 2015 Fort Ritchie Duathlon and Triathlon on Sunday, August 2, 2015, 8:00 am, at Fort Ritchie Lake in Cascade, MD.  The event consists of three races: a Duathlon, Triathlon, and an Aqua Velo. Each of the three races will be competed at Sprint and Olympic distance categories, for a total of six race events throughout the day.  Races begin and end at Fort Ritchie Lake and organizers anticipate about 500-800 athletes and spectators to attend. The Duathlon races will consist of running, biking, and then more running, in both distance categories.  The… Read More

Antrim Way Honda to Sponsor Downtown Slide - Visit Hagerstown also a Sponsor July 29, 2015

(Hagerstown, MD) What’s NXT announces Antrim Way Honda as the title sponsor for the Downtown Summer Slide Festival on August 29, 2015 featuring an 825-foot water slide. Antrim Way Honda currently serves the community by offering a café, retail shops, putting green, walking trail and children’s play area, branding itself as a destination dealership. Playing a key role in the Downtown Summer Slide Festival provides another way to strengthen that local brand. “At Antrim Way Honda, our customer service and amenities are what set us apart,” says Greg Weaver, President of Antrim Way Honda. “There’s something unique about being a… Read More

Social Photo Contest: Are You #HappyInHagerstown? July 7, 2015

Social Photo Contest: Are You #HappyInHagerstown?   If you’re happy in Hagerstown (or any other places in Washington County), we want you to show us! Beginning on July 13, we want you to pull out your smartphones and starting showing us why you’re #HappyInHagerstown. We don’t care where you are. As long as the picture you share is a picture taken at some point while you were in Hagerstown, you can share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the contest hashtag #HappyInHagerstown for a chance to win!   What You Could Win The top winner of the contest… Read More

CVB Launches New Web SIte July 1, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: Dan Spedden, President           301-791-3246, ext. 12   Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau Launches New Web Site New website designed by Hagerstown-based DH Web, Inc. and includes several new features.   (Hagerstown, MD)  The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has launched a new website, effective July 1, 2015, called The new site includes an internal content management system for search engine optimization, a new Calendar of Events program, and richer photography and design elements.  It also highlights the CVB’s nearly three hundred members more effectively with listings similar to the styles… Read More

GeoWoodstock XIII Planned for Washington County May 15, 2015

Premiere Event for Geocachers is largest of its kind in North America.  To be held at the Washington County Agriculture Education Center, May 22-25, 2015 (Hagerstown, MD) - The Maryland Geocaching Society will be hosting the premiere geocaching event of the year in Washington County on May 22-25, 2015 at the Washington County Agriculture Education Center in Boonsboro. The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Hagerstown have been working with the Maryland Geocaching Society, the hosting club for the event, providing planning assistance for the approximately 5,000 geocache enthusiasts who are expected to attend.   GeoWoodstock… Read More

The Greenbrier Challenge, Presented by Visit Hagerstown, Welcomes Hundreds of Mountain Bike Racers on May 17 May 4, 2015

HAGERSTOWN, MD – The Twelfth Annual “Greenbrier Challenge, Presented by the Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau” Mountain Bike Race is scheduled for May 17, 2015 at Greenbrier State Park. The race has been the top cycling event in the Mid-Atlantic region for several years. Past participants have come from across the United States, D.C., and Canada.   The Greenbrier Challenge, sponsored again by the Visit Hagerstown & Washington County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) and organized by Potomac Velo Club, will feature over $10,000 in cash and prizes. The Greenbrier Challenge is the AMBC/Maryland State Championship Race, a… Read More


(Sharpsburg, MD) – A special new gravestone and wayside exhibit will be dedicated at the historic Tolson’s Chapel, at 1:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend. The dedication ceremony will be held to honor the new gravestone for Virginia Cook.  The grave stone was funded by a Virginia Cook Memorial Fund set up by the Sharpsburg Town Council and Mayor.  Ms. Cook was a well-known Sharpsburg resident who was a member of the last congregation of the historic black church. Her death marks the last of these congregants when she passed away in 1996, just short of her 87th… Read More