The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce has also received a $10,000 grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) “50 Years of Love” grant fund. As reported last week by, the Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission also was a recipient of a $10,000 grant.

“50 Years of Love” is part of VTC’s efforts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Virginia is for Lovers tourism slogan, which was created in 1969 by Richmond-based advertising agency Martin & Woltz.

The Chamber partnered with Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, Chincoteague Cultural Alliance, Chincoteague Center, Museum of Chincoteague Island, Historic Main Street Merchants Association, Chincoteague Island Arts Organization, NASA & Virginia Space Flight Academy, Maui Jack’s, Chincoteague Island KOA, island restaurants and retail shops to develop a summer filled with additional reasons to LOVE Chincoteague Island. While Chincoteague’s focus will be June 21-August 10, activities planned with fellow grant recipients Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission and Cape Charles Main Street will extend the fun well into November as visitors and residents enjoy events from the Maryland line to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Classic car shows, classic movies, a Motown concert at Chincoteague Center, a scavenger hunt at the Museum, Misty’s Birthday Party, mobile LOVEworks at the ChincoteagueVolunteer Fireman’s Carnival are just a part of the lineup.

“Virginia is for Lovers is one of the most iconic tourism slogans in the world, and we are thrilled to be celebrating “50 years of Love” with partners from around the Commonwealth in 2019,” said Rita McClenny, president and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation. “This grant program provides an engaging opportunity for destinations across the state to showcase what makes a vacation in Virginia so special, and helps to show travelers why Virginia is for Lovers still rings true 50 years later.”

Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Evelyn Shotwell encourages the traveling public “to ‘Discover the Spirit of Chincoteague Island’ this summer with endless ways to LOVE Chincoteague, Assateague and Wallops Islands. From wild ponies to rocket launches, history to nature trails, local lore to coastal cuisine… you will find it on our shores”.

In total, VTC awarded $390,000 to 39 tourism marketing programs across the Commonwealth to help increase visitation and revenue. Each grant recipient received a $10,000 grant for its “50 Years of Love” project, with the requirement of engaging 10 or more tourism partners in order to receive grant funding.

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