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Oakley wins tourism award

Special to The Hays Daily News

TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has announced the recipients of the 2012 Governor's Tourism Award and the 2012 Tourism Partnership Award. The awards were presented Oct. 16 during the 2012 Kansas Tourism Conference in Dodge City. The conference is co-sponsored by the Travel Industry Association of Kansas.

The community of Oakley received the 2012 Tourism Partnership Award. Raelene Keller and Jim and Lori Millensifer accepted the award on behalf of the community. The people of Oakley demonstrated outstanding enthusiasm and cooperation when they hosted the inaugural Governor's Ringneck Classic pheasant hunt in November 2011. The dedication focused attention on the tremendous hunting opportunities in Kansas. Oakley is hosting the event again this year.

The annual Tourism Partnership Award was developed to recognize the importance of collaboration in the successful development of tourism in Kansas.