By Dan Guzewich Staff writer

The county fair, a tourism railroad and county market are among this year’s recipients of marketing grants awarded by Oneida County Tourism.

A total of 20 grants ranging from $6,000 to $1,461 will be formally presented Tuesday during a 2 p.m. program at Aqua Vino Restaurant, 16 Harbor Lock Road, Utica. The total amount is $81,825. No grant match is required.

Purpose of the program is threefold, says Kelly Blazosky, president of Oneida County Tourism. It can be used to: Expand the advertising reach of tourism businesses and organizations beyond the county; promote a positive image and increase awareness of the county’s attractions and events; and increase overnight stays in county lodging facilities.

Examples of eligible grant activities include advertising placements, website development, direct mail, travel show expenses, and printing of promotional materials.

An independent panel reviewed and evaluated 31 applications. Last year, 20 out of 30 applicants were approved for grants.

Money for the program comes from the county occupancy tax charged at hotels and bed-and-breakfasts. The tax is main funding source for the tourism promotion agency.

The program was open to for-profit and non-profit tourism related businesses and organizations in Oneida County.

Here’s a list of this year’s 20 winners of the grants awarded by Oneida County Tourism:

Adirondack Scenic Railroad, $5,625

ATC Endurance/Delta Lake Triathlon, $2,853

Boonville Area Chamber of Commerce, $3,750

Boonville-Oneida County Fair, $4,500

Boonville Snow Festival II, $3,750

Capitol Civic Center, $2,000

Clinton Chamber of Commerce, $4,612

Fish Creek Cabin Resorts, $5,625

Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo, $3,750

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, $5,400

NYS Woodsmen’s Field Days, Inc., $6,000

Oneida County Public Market, $4,749

Rome Art & Community Center, $3,750

Historic Sylvan Beach Amusement Park, $4,500

Sylvan-Verona Beach Resort Association, $4,500

Tri-City LaCrosse, $1,461

Trout Power, $3,750

Utica Curling Club, $1,500

Utica Zoological Society, $3,750

Village of Sylvan Beach, $6,000