Monday, May 18, 2009

Joint Services Open House

Hello - my name is Keith and I am the tour manager of the Texas On Tour roadshow. The Texas On Tour team will consist of me and my two colleagues, Ben and Jeff. I am so excited about getting started and I invite everyone to join us throughout our travels right here on this blog. Check out the Texas on Tour Schedule to find out where we’ll be so you can visit us! You can also check out to plan your own Texas vacation and register to win a free vacation to Texas. Make sure you visit the website often so you don’t miss anything over the next 6 months.

This past weekend was the first stop of our tour. We were a part of the Joint Services Open House (JSOH) event at Andrews Air Force Base, MD. I was really excited and ready to get to work to meet new people and really show off our high-tech elements, one of which is our interactive touch screen kiosk called "Texas or Not". At this fun spot, you have to choose from sets of two pictures and determine if it depicts Texas or Not. Most people guess wrong, even people who have lived in Texas! Many people do not know about the many different areas in Texas such as the canyons, lakes and beaches.

Another element is our virtual reality, 360-degree kayak experience. You get to sit in real kayaks and feel, smell and see 360 degrees around you during a “ride” down the Texas waterways. The people we met at the JSOH loved this. We had many visitors coming back each day to do it all over again.

The best part of our event was the Texas On Tour-sponsored AirFest Party open to the pilots and sponsors of the JSOH. There, Texas on Tour representatives Paige and Ali, were presented with commemorative coins from the commanding officer of the base, Colonel Steven M. Shepro. It was a very big honor and the team at Andrews Air Force Base made us all feel very welcome.

We were so busy this weekend even though we got light rain almost everyday. Our exhibit is totally free and we have lots of giveaways plus live music on our stage. People were amazed that everything was free. We had thousands of visitors to our exhibit this weekend at Andrews Air Force Base, despite some clouds. We are hoping for sunny days at our next stop, in New York City. I am looking forward to working in the Big Apple at South Street Seaport. Check back soon for details from NYC!

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