When you work in the Communications Department at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, you get to talk to Guests in two ways.
The first is all about sharing information with them. We want to make sure to tell everyone about what’s going on in – and around – the park. Our goal is to make it easy for someone to plan a trip to come see us. Plus, you can help everyone to make the most out of their day.
The second is all about telling stories from around our parks. We love pulling back the curtain to show everyone what makes us unique or what might be happening behind the scenes.
Unfortunately, we don’t always have as much time to tell stories as we’d like when things get busy in the summer. And we thought that needed to change! We want to keep all of our fans in the loop when they’re planning to come see us.
That’s where our new HoliBlogger program comes into the picture.
Earlier this spring, we started looking for a small group of bloggers and online storytellers who could help us share our story. We hoped to be able to find 5 writers to start with, but once the applications started rolling in, we knew the final group would end up being a little larger than that. And our applicants didn’t make it easy to choose!
We ended up picking 6 HoliBloggers to join us for the 2022 season.
They’ll serve as ambassadors for the park and tell you their secrets. From tips and tricks to have the best trip, to what you can expect from a visit this season. A few of the topics they’ll be covering over the course of the next year include: Everything you need to know about taking a toddler to Holiday World, what to pack for a great day, 10 Instagram worthy spots in the park, to a Dad’s Guide to Visiting. They’ll be serving up 35 blog posts through April 2023.
We can’t wait for you to hear more from them. And the first post will hit the HoliBlog next weekend!
So, we’d like to introduce the whole gang.
Here are your HoliBloggers for the 2022 season:
Barb Webb from Louisville, Kentucky
Barb Webb is a sustainable living expert nesting just outside of Louisville, Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living, artisan culture, and exploring the roads less traveled.
An award-winning author, Barb is also the Owner/Editor of the popular blog RuralMom.com where she shares her love of all things green and empowers others to live country life to the fullest. Her newest books “GETTING BAKED” and “GETTING LAID” are cheeky guides offering a fun, in-depth journey into sustainable living topics including traditional and medicinal gardening.
Courtney Snow from Cincinnati, Ohio
A Cincinnati mom that spent my teen years in Indianapolis, I remember Summers at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari fondly. My family and I love travel and theme parks. I own the Cincinnati, Dayton, and Louisville Mom Collectives where we provide the best in trusted recommendations, tips, tricks, and resources to families in our communities. In my rare free moments, I like to write, read, draw, paint, game, go to the park, go to art museums, and try new foods.
Jamie Johnson from Owensboro, Kentucky
Jamie Johnson is a blogger based in Owensboro, Kentucky. She has two sons, Henry and Simon, and a husband, Logan. Jamie works full-time as a business consultant. She loves her family, Holiday World, ham sandwiches, and Diet Mountain Dew.
Jamie Ward from Middletown, Indiana
Jamie Ward is a travel writer and published author. She founded Cornfields & High Heels, a travel and lifestyle blog, over five years ago and travels throughout the Midwest sharing her travel stories and adventures. She wrote 100 Things To Do In Indiana Before You Die and co-authored Midwest Road Trip Adventures. Jamie resides in Central Indiana with her husband, Paul, and their four teenagers. She was born and raised in Indiana and enjoys road trips, coffee, thrifting, historic places, and spending time with her family.
Samantha King from St Louis, Missouri
Samantha is a self-proclaimed chaos coordinator from St. Louis, MO and runs NiftyMom.com. In her family of five, she is outnumbered by all boys (plus two male huskies). She and her family love finding new places to explore, adventuring outdoors, and taking road trips throughout the Midwest. Fun fact: Year-round Samantha watches Christmas movies and sports her Christmas pajamas with no shame.
Tara Smith from St Louis, Missouri
Tara Smith has a degree in psychology with emphasis in community health, but has been a mom blogger for over a decade and lives in St. Louis, MO. You can find her blog at SeeingDandy.com. As a busy mom of 4, she likes to do fun activities with her family and travel. She also likes to sew, craft, make recipes and inspire others in motherhood. Tara and her blog have been featured on News 4 Great Day, Show Me St. Louis and in Country Sampler Farmhouse Style Magazine.
Let’s hear it for this year’s HoliBloggers!
In addition to hearing stories from their visits to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, you might see them talk about staying next door at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph, just across the river in accomodations provided by our friends at Visit Owensboro, or partnering with the Spencer County Visitors Bureau to experience all the great things to do around Santa Claus, Indiana.
Each of them have graciously agreed to provide overnight lodging opportunities or experiences that can help our HoliBloggers tell great stories throughout the year.
We hope to continue this program for each season in the years to come as well. If you’re interested in being a HoliBlogger in the future, you can apply online to be notified for when applications are open for our 2023 season.