Franklin County to participate in selfie promotion of Iowa conservation departments

County park visitors capture the sites of Iowa with their cameras but a statewide campaign encourages park goers to put themselves in the shot.

The State of Iowa’s tourism office last week launched the “99 Counties, 99 Parks” initiative to showcase the local gems found in each county and to celebrate the efforts of county conservation departments across the state.

Part of the initiative includes the installation of “selfie stands” in select parks in each county. Visitors are invited to go to the stand, put their phone in the provided slot and pose for a timed shot. They can then share the photo to social media using #ThisIsIowa.

One of those selfie stands can be found at Franklin County’s Maynes Grove. The stand, installed last week, lets visitors pose on the hill overlooking the lake so pictures show the water in the background. The station will include directions on how to participate in the program as well as information regarding county parks.

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