FRIENDSVILLE — Rosie Versteegen was named the Honorary Golden Ambassador of the 46th Annual Autumn Glory Festival at the festival’s kickoff reception held Wednesday evening.
The Golden Ambassador is awarded to a person who has contributed to and supported tourism in Garrett County. A committee of former ambassadors selects the winner.
Versteegen and her husband started vacationing at Deep Creek in the early 1990s and soon made the county their permanent home. She quickly became active and served as chair of the McHenry Highland Festival and helped create the Burns Supper, held each January.
In 2005, she was among a group of volunteers who created the Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival and served as the first chair.
She has been a member of the Wisp Resort Courtesy Patrol for the past seven years and, since 2011, has served on the Deep Creek 2014 Executive Committee for the International Canoe Federation’s Canoe Slalom World Championships to be held at Adventure Sports Center International.