By Gloria Towne and Sage Hamilton

Olympia and Past Annual assembly and PopArt occasion on June 1, and handed out this yr’s Thurston County Tourism Awards on the Fingers On Kids’s Museum.

The lineup of distributors on the occasion included Olympita, the Oyster Boys (Perkins Household Farm), Budd Bay Café which additionally had a bar upstairs and down. Easy and Scrumptious Donuts, which was an enormous hit for treats. And Jerk An Tings introduced tasty hen that ran out instantly.

There was a photograph sales space, treasure looking, and Winged Aerial Acrobats that did acrobatic acts that amazed everybody mingled with music from D.J Robert and whereas a mural was being painted.

2022 Thurston County Tourism Award Winners

Awards got out for 2022 Thurston County Tourism Award Winners and nominees had been additionally honored. Annette Pitts, Expertise Olympia & Past CEO introduced.

There have been three important classes, beginning with Boldness in Tourism, which was introduced by the Mayor of Bucoda, and awarded to Christen Greene of Workforce-Tomorrow and South Sound Block Get together.

The second class was the Excellence in Hospitality Award, which was introduced by Justin Bourdon of the Wild Coronary heart Sipping Vinegars and Sandstone Distillery.  He awarded this to Sofie Landis of Sofie’s Scoops Gelato.

The final Class was the Patrick Knutson Tourism Legend Award, which was introduced by Don Trosper of the Olympia-Tumwater Basis, who awarded this to Carol Riley of the Olympia Harbor Days.  

2023 Nominees


Alicia Elliott, West Central Park Neighborhood Heart

Wayne Fournier, Metropolis of Tenino Mayor

Christen Greene, Workforce Tomorrow

Mitch Lewis, Summit Farms

Ryan Perkins, Oly City Artesians Soccer Membership / Olympia Ballroom

Janine Phillips, Hampton Inn & Suites

Donna Taylor Mayo, Of Water, Wind and Woods


Jamie Brayshaw, Octapas Cafe

Emily Dunn, The Marie Mattress & Breakfast

Wayne Fournier, Metropolis of Tenino Mayor

Christen Greene, Workforce Tomorrow

Sofie Landis, Sofie’s Scoops

Jay Potter, Fingers On Kids’s Museum

Mark Sand, Ashley Creek Farm

Matt Trotter, Effectively 80


Patty Belmonte, Fingers On Kids’s Museum

Christen Greene, Workforce Tomorrow

Andy Moreno, CapCity Presents

Carol Riley, Olympia Harbor Days Competition

George Sharp, Thurston EDC

Christian Skillings, Cynara and Iron Rabbit