West Michigan Tourist Association Announces Winner of 2015 Carefree Travel Guide Cover Photo Contest

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The West Michigan Tourist Association is pleased to announce that it has chosen a winner for this year's Annual Carefree Travel Guide Cover Photo Contest. Tony Beyers, owner of Omicron Photography out of East Lansing, Michigan said he and his wife were taking a summer trip on Michigan's famous M-22 when they decided to go to Van's Beach in Leland. His wife was searching for the Leland Blue stone, when she found a rock that looked like the state of Michigan and they decided to photograph it on top of a pile of other Michigan rocks.

The piling of rocks also has historical significance in Michigan, where stacks of rocks called Cairns have been used as trail markers. Most notably, the State County Rock Cairn in Elk Rapids dedicated to Hugh J. Gray, "Dean of Michigan's Tourist Activity", attracts visitors each year. We encourage travelers to get out and mark their own trails, and think the photo encompasses that adventurous nature.

The West Michigan Carefree Travel Guide is one of Michigan's most longstanding travel publications, printed and distributed throughout the Midwest. The 2016 Carefree Travel Guide will become available in January of 2016. The prize package for this year's winner included a two night stay at the The Inn at Harbor Shores, a wine gift basket from 12 Corners Vineyards, and an area giveaway from St. Joseph Today.

Since 1917, the West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) has worked to market the very best of West Michigan to travelers. Covering the entire west side of Michigan from the Indiana border to Mackinac Island, WMTA presents information on the best attractions, lodging, events, and activities in West Michigan. For more information on this non-profit organization, visit WMTA.org.

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