That line from “Cool Hand Luke” was, to an extent, the message conveyed by members of the Cadiz-Trigg County Tourism Commission, as well as a couple of local officials, when the tourism commission met last Tuesday at Cadiz City Hall.
The prevailing notion that was expressed was that while the United Kennel Club coon hunting competition was a boon for the county as a whole, many local officials and businesses didn’t know about it very until maybe a week in advance, and those at the meeting discussed ways making the community more aware of events like the UKC competition.
“Hunters were there (at the recreation complex) in full force,” said Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries. “I think many of us were taken by surprise by the numbers of people that came into our community. It was highly attended locally.”
Cadiz-Trigg County Tourist Commission Director Bill Stevens said that there were many people who stopped at the visitors center, which has general information such as maps and directions, but had no information about the UKC coon hunting competition. Stevens added that everyone he talked to was “extremely impressed” with the county.
Stevens had said earlier that 2,004 people came to Trigg County for last week’s 2009 Treeing Walker Days, a coon hunt sponsored by the UKC. He added that based on an average used by the commission and developed by the Kentucky Department of Travel, the event brought in more than $187,000 to the county.
“I think we could have done a better job had we known a little earlier about it,” Stevens said. “We can improve on that.”
The event set a good light on the county and the facilities in the county, said Humphries, who argued that the event “lays the groundwork” for more hunts and other public events in the county.
Tourism Commission Member John Rufli suggested that brochures advertising and promoting Trigg County be designed and printed. The brochures would use Cadiz as the hub of a vacation plan. The idea of advertising for Lake Barkley specifically was also discussed.
Humphries said he hoped county officials will “understand and coordinate how we can utilize our resources together,” although he agreed with others that the UKC event still went very well for the county.