I read the letter to the editor from Mr. Lundquist and would like to put in my two cents worth. I agree that giving the Tourist Commission an extra $100,000 is a scary thought. What would they do with it? Maybe add several millions of dollars to the local economy and create a few hundred jobs that pay well and keep our young people in Trigg County.
Why would anyone come to Trigg County? I agree, there is the Ham Festival, a really good old- fashioned county fair-type event that is a great way to spend an evening or day. There is the state park, which is getaway spot, but what else is there? How about the craft show last weekend? It is one of the best shows in Western Kentucky. The group that puts it on spends about $2000 locally to put it on. Promoted better by tourism like other counties do, it could put $30,000 or more in the local economy.
The antique car shows could bring in thousands of dollars if they were promoted properly, and don’t forget that big empty space in Trigg County called Land Between the Lakes. Properly promoted, it could bring in a few million by its self to Trigg County.
The City of New Orleans or Yellowstone Park have nothing better than Land Between the Lakes when the leaves change, except promotion.
Where does this money come from that could be brought in? From tourists coming in buying food, camping supplies, crafts, antiques and eating at local restaurants.
Other advantages to more promotion for Trigg County would be more business opening and staying open to provide jobs for local people, more things to do for those who want to do them. All of this from a restaurant tax that would be paid mostly by tourists coming through the county and locals that aren’t going to Hopkinsville or Clarksville to eat or shop because there will be new shops and restaurants in Trigg County.
You also can’t forget companies and entrepreneurs look for a strongly-promoted area with a good tourist base to set up their facilities, which means even more jobs for local people.
Giving tourism an extra $100,000 is scary. It could mean jobs for Trigg County, better shopping, more restaurants, more and better lifestyle for all Trigg County residents by adding millions of dollars to our local economy.