Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Kenadie Minton has been named the new Grayson County Tourism Director.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Kenadie Minton has been named the new Grayson County Tourism Director.

Leitchfield native Kenadie Minton has been named the new Grayson County Tourism executive director.

A University of Kentucky graduate and 2014 graduate of Grayson County High School, Minton will fill the position vacated by Anya Turpin.

Minton graduated from UK with a degree in business communications and advertising and developed a love for her community at an early age while working at her father's business, Infinity Signs and Grafix. Minton feels that her small-business experience, as well as advertising knowledge, will assist her on her new job.

Minton said she is excited to start and to work alongside the staff of the Centre on Main. Minton has had many family friends and family members who have worked in the Centre on Main and said she grew up with former tourism director Ilsa Johnson's children.

"I have a good support system," she said.

Additionally, Minton said she is honored to be able to go away from Grayson County to receive higher education and bring back what she has learned.

She initially thought she would have to live in a larger city to have the type of job she wanted; however, after returning home from college and seeing Turpin's social media posts about her work promoting Grayson County's various features and activities, Minton said, the job of tourism director seemed like a perfect fit for her.

Three days after seeing those posts was when Turpin announced she would be vacating the position, and Minton took the plunge and applied.

"The longer I stayed away (from Grayson County while at college), the more I missed home," said Minton. "There is a lot to love about Grayson County, and a lot of people don't know about it."

Coming from a family of small-business owners, Minton said, the job of promoting her home county's tourist attractions is a "very personal" one for her. She said she takes pride in her community and is pleased to have a job that allows her to do her part to see it grow.

Minton looks to capitalize on many of Turpin's projects, such as the public trails initiative, while also focusing on passion projects of her own, such as promoting Rough River and Nolin lakes. She is also interested in kayaking, paddle boarding, and the arts, and hopes to pursue those interests through her new position, as well.

She also wants to highlight Grayson County's status as a travel stop. Many tourists, she said, stop off at Grayson County while traveling through to somewhere else because of its location on the Western Kentucky Parkway as well as being located between Nolin and Rough River lakes.

Having encountered so many people who stopped in Grayson County while travelling or visiting the lakes, Minton hopes to establish even more reasons for visitors to take a second look at the county, which, in turn, will lead to more tourism dollars spent locally.

Minton is the daughter of Steve and Sherri Minton and the granddaughter of Rick and Becky Minton.