ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. (September 30, 2015) – Orange County Tourism is increasing its social media presence with the launch of an Instagram account, https://instagram.com/visitorangecountyny/. The debut, set for Thursday, October 1, will coincide with a challenge to those visiting local pumpkin farms to post their cutest pictures using the hashtag #VisitOrangeCountyNY. Instagrammers whose pictures receive the most likes will win free passes for a family of four to three Orange County tourism sites.
Instagram is the eighth most popular mobile app in the U.S. and serves as a powerful marketing and communication tool. . The app has 300 million monthly active users and 75 million daily users. More than 30 billion photos have been shared on Instagram since it was launched in 2010, and an average of 70 million photos are posted through the app each day.
“Instagram provides us with another innovative tool to connect with residents of Orange County and tourists via social media,” said Orange County Tourism Director Susan Hawvermale. “We will continue to promote tourism here in Orange County on multiple social media platforms. Instagram provides us with another opportunity to highlight the beauty of Orange County and its many activities and attractions. We will continue to engage followers with fun initiatives such as the pumpkin picking picture contest.”
Orange County is home to several pumpkin farms where visitors can pick their own and capture memories to share via Instagram:
- Manza Family Farm, 730 State Route 211, Montgomery: Pick your own pumpkins are part of the farm’s traditional Fall Festival. Tractor drawn hayrides and pony rides are available on weekends. A straw maze, farm animals and a farm stand are also featured. Website: manzafamilyfarm.net.
- Pierson Bicentennial Farm, 1448 Route 211, Middletown: Octoberfest hayrides and sheep shearing demonstrations are features at this pick your own farm. There’s also a haunted house, corn mazes, a teepee area and petting zoo. Website: piersonsfarm.com.
- Maples Farm, 749 Route 17M, Middletown: This pick your own farm features a garden center with flowers, local produce, and country crafts. There are also hayrides, barnyard animals, a hay maze and haunted barn in October. Website: maplesfarm.com.
- Wright Family Farm, 325 Kings Highway, Warwick: Visitors can pick their own pumpkins, enjoy a free hay ride, and get lost in a corn maze. Pedal carts and the Barnyard animals are family favorites. A Farm Stand features seasonal produce and fresh baked goodies. Website: wrightfamilyfarm.com.
- Jones Farm & Country Store, 190 Angola Road, Cornwall: This family owned farm offers homegrown fruits and vegetables; homemade baked goods, local and gourmet foods. There’s an observation beehive and hayrides to the pumpkin patch. Website: jonesfarminc.com.
Be sure to visit Orange County Tourism’s Facebook page: Orange County Tourism NY. It’s a fabulous guide to up-to-the-minute postings of area events and activities, great times, and memorable experiences available to visitors.
Also visit Orange County Tourism’s innovative and user friendly new website: www.orangetourism.org.
About Orange County Tourism
Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging, and events can be found at www.OrangeTourism.org. For a free copy of the Orange County Travel Guide, e-mail email@example.com or call 845-615-3860.