The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority is turning 30 and throughout the month of July, they are celebrating with a road trip! The idea is to highlight business of all types that enhance tourism along the South Shore. The SSCVA's Tour Mobile was, is, and will be making a trek across five counties to see that all of the celebratory bases are covered.

Day 8 (July 8, 2013) brought the Tour Mobile to the Albanese Candy Factory.

The Albanese Candy Factory was founded in 1983 and has been satisfying the sweet tooths of Hoosiers since 1997. Albanese is famous or their candy but most notably their gummy candies. It's no wonder since they have been nominated (and the winner in 2002) for the Professional Candy Buyers Product of the Year award multiple times.

"The reason we chose the Alb anese Candy Factory as one of our 30 Stops in 30 Days was b ecause Alb anese is one great multigenerational family-owned b usiness that is critical to promoting great tourism especially here in the South Shore,"Speros Batistatos, President and CEO of the SSCVA said. "Albanese symbolizes family and they will treat you like one of their own so it was a no-b rainer when we were choosing destinations that we needed to stop here. Whether it's Alb anese, White or Teib el's; family-owned b usinesses are so important to as part of what we offer to a customer." The store was filled with people as they perused the colorful gummy creations and beautifully wrapped chocolates. Two lovely ladies from the SSCVA dutifully helped the customers fill out surveys and answer any and all questions about the 30 Stops in 30 Days Tour.

Click here to see the map of 30 Stops in 30 Days so you can follow the SSCVA on their tour!

You can join in the celebrating by heading to any of these destinations when the Tour Mobile is at the location. As an added bonus, The SSCVA collaborated with Family Express, and anyone who stops by the tour Mobile during one of the 30 stops will be entered in a contest to win a $25 gift card from Family Express. They will be entered to win the grand prize of a $2,000 gift card from Family Express.

Getting paid to party? Oh yeah!

You can also be part of the festivities by sharing your pictures and stops adding the hashtag #30stops in your Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest posts!

Along with the mobile tour, the SSCVA will release information about their 30 Faces of Tourism which highlights 30 people who have positively impacted the South Shore's tourism industry. They will also host a grand finale celebration at the Indiana Welcome Center on Tuesday July 30, 2013.