MERRILLVILLE | As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority is making 30 Stops in 30 Days to feature local events, attractions and businesses.
The campaign started Monday at the Lakeshore Public Media facility in Merrillville, where the details of the stops were announced.
The South Shore Tour Mobile will visit sites throughout five counties, said Katie Holderby, executive vice president of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority.
Holderby said the program provides an opportunity for residents and visitors to travel and learn about the area.
People visiting the Tour Mobile at the stops can enter to win a $25 Family Express gift card each day of the campaign. They also can enter a drawing for a $2,000 Family Express gift card. The winner of that prize will be selected July 30 at the Indiana Welcome Center.
Holderby said a Rube Goldberg machine will be used to announce that winner.
The Tour Mobile visits the Maplewood Cemetery, 347 Maple Lane in Crown Point, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today for a program honoring Col. John Wheeler, a Crown Point man who commanded the 20th Indiana Infantry during the Battle of Gettysburg.
The South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail will place a special marker at Wheeler's grave and have a dedication ceremony, said The Times Investigative Editor Marc Chase, a founding partner of the Civil War trail.
The Tour Mobile will stop at the Cedar Lake Summerfest from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday.
There will be a teen scavenger hunt at 5:30 p.m. and live musical performances from 6 to 11:30 p.m that day.
The Summerfest runs Wednesday through Sunday at the Cedar Lake Town Complex, 7408 Constitution Ave.
In addition to the 30 Stops in 30 Days campaign, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a photo contest and its 30 Faces of Tourism program, Holderby said.
During the program, the group will provide information about people who have been instrumental in growing the tourism industry locally.
Visit www.alongthesouthshore.com/30 for information about the 30 Stops in 30 Days campaign, 30 Faces of Tourism and the photo contest.