Tourism Award of Excellence Hall of Fame

Since 2005, the Mansfield/Richland County Convention & Visitors Bureau has honored those members, individuals, events and partnerships that have demonstrated excellence and helped to propel our local tourism industry forward.

We wanted to call attention to those who made major contributions to Richland County’s tourism industry and educate the public at large how their contribution to played a significant role in strengthening it.  Tourism Excellence Award winners are presented their award and honored at our Annual Meeting.

Nominees must meet at least 4 of the following criteria to be eligible to be considered for an award of excellence:

  1. Increased tourism in Richland County and North Central Ohio.
  2. Significantly added to the tourism product offering of Richland County and North Central Ohio.
  3. Helped gain positive statewide and/or national Public Relations or Press.
  4. Made significant improvements to their lodging property, attraction, recreational or food services facility, sports venue, etc.
  5. Advanced tourism through a unique concept, niche, new market, or collaborative partnership.
  6. Having achieved sustained excellence in tourism.

Below are honorees listed by they year they received their award of excellence.

2005
NASCAR Craftsman Series (Mansfield Motorsports Speedway)
Johnny Appleseed Outdoor Drama
Ceely Rose (Mansfield Playhouse & Malabar Farm State Park)
Ghost Hunts (Ohio State Reformatory)
Ohio State Men’s Bowling Tournament (Mansfield Men’s Bowling Association, Lex Lanes & Park Lanes)
Richland Racing Hospitality (SCCA National Championship Runoffs)

2006
Bible Walk
Richland County Fairgrounds
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course/True Sports
Richland Carrousel Park/Historic Carousel District
Elektro (Mansfield Memorial Museum)

2007
Mohican Wildlife Weekend (MWW Committee: Malabar Farm State Park, Gorman Nature Center, Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Mohican School in the Out of Doors, Mohican State Park & Resort)
Comfort Inn Splash Harbor Bellville
Chautauqua (The Ohio State University at Mansfield)
Miss Ohio Scholarship Program

2008
Kingwood Center
Louis Bromfield Visitors Education Center (Malabar Farm Foundation and Malabar Farm State Park)
Vertical Descent Tubing Park (Snow Trails)
Eatmor Bundt Company & Twisted Fig Tea Room
Deer Ridge Golf Club
Haunted Prison Experience (Ohio State Reformatory and Haunted X Team)

2009
The Blueberry Patch Greenhouse & Blossom’s Café
Ed Pickens’ Café On Main
Prairie Peddler Festival
Squirrel’s Den
Mansfield Bicentennial

2010
Malabar Farm Restaurant
The Great Mohican Indian Pow Wow
Ohio State Reformatory
Renaissance Performing Arts Association
Weirick Communications, Inc.

2011
Haunted Bissman Building
Ohio Civil War Collectors Show and Artillery Show
Heart of the City Cruise In
Mansfield Trilogy: "Ceely", "Phoebe" & "Louie" (Malabar Farm State Park and Mark Jordan)
NASA National Championships (Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and NASA)
Mohican Wildlife "Art" Weekend

2012
Athens Greek Restaurant
First Friday Shop Hop (Downtown Mansfield, Inc. and Engwiller Properties)
Oak Hill Cottage
Olivesburg General Store
Snow Trails

2013
Oak Park Tavern
Glen's Surplus
Tree Frog Canopy Tours
Ohio Dreams Action Sports Camp
Tough Mudder Ohio (City of Mansfield and Tough Mudder)

2014
Teri Myers Design
Art of the Brick (Mansfield Art Center)
NASCAR Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 ( Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course)
Shawshank Woodshop (Bill Mullen and Bob Wachtman)

2015
Richland B & O Trail (Richland County Park District)
Wishmaker House Bed & Breakfast/Winery and Wine Bar
Pumpkin Glow (Kingwood Center Gardens)
Mansfield Mehock Relays (Mansfield City Schools)
Adam Schuster Memorial Tournament (Mansffield Liederkranz)
Rock-n-Ribs (North Central State College Foundation)

2016
The Phoenix Brewing Company
BibleWalk - Walk of the Parables
Little Buckeye Children's Museum
The Brickyard - Final Friday Concert Series (Downtown Mansfield, Inc.)

Wine and Ale Trail
Renaissance Performing Arts
Renai
Oak Park Tavern
Best Western Richland Inn