Visit Grove City launched the Trailblazer Awards in 2017 to celebrate the Grove City tourism community and honor the people, places, and organizations that make it successful.

A “Trailblazer” is someone or something that forges a path of greatness and guides others along the way. The Trailblazer Awards include four categories: individual, business/attraction, community event, and our latest category, Altogether Adventure. Visit Grove City will be welcoming the latest nominees for our 2019 Trailblazer Awards at our Annual Adventure Meeting on October 10, 2019, at 5:30 pm.

Meet the 2018 Individual Trailblazer Award Winner, Dave Pando! As the owner of LVL Up Sports, Dave embraces tourism by welcoming paintball players and spectators from Central Ohio, Cleveland, Louisville, Cincinnati and Michigan and more. Dave promotes events using social media and email to over 10,000 subscribers. As his nominator so accurately put it, “He maintains a reputation that complements the adventurous spirit of Grove City.” His appreciation for Grove City adventure is contagious. “He sets the example of a true ambassador for this city!”

Dave Pando – 2018 Trailblazer Award Winner

At the 2019 Annual Adventure Meeting on October 10th at Mid-Ohio Foodbank, we will once again be honoring the latest “trailblazers” who contribute to the success of our community. Gear up for a fun night celebrating Grove City’s vibrant tourism industry.

Please consider nominating a Trailblazer in 2020! Email the completed form to with the subject line: Trailblazer Nomination – Nominee Name. If you have any questions, please call (614) 539-8747. 

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