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June 23, 2014

Laurel tourism in full-swing

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

The tourism season in London and Laurel County is in full-swing according to the London-Laurel County Tourist Commission.

During their Tuesday meeting Co-director Kim Collier reported that between the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) traveling baseball and softball tournaments, the National Scholastic 3D Archery Championship and the Archery Shooters Association PRO/AM Archery Tournament Laurel County has had more than 4,000 out-of-town visitors within the last month.

“We have around 60 traveling teams competing in the USSSA baseball and softball tournaments,” Collier said.  “That’s probably about 400 families coming to Laurel County, that creates a big impact on the local economy.”

Collier also reported that the ASA and 3D archery tournaments that were held at the Laurel County Fair Grounds had record-breaking attendance.

“The archery tournaments brought a combined total of nearly 4,000 people to Laurel County,” Collier said. “We had visitors from 36 states as well as from Canada and England.”

According to Collier, there are several more USSSA baseball and softball tournaments scheduled in Laurel County throughout the summer as well as the Laurel Lake Triathlon, the Sheltowee Extreme 12-Hour Adventure Race and the American Junior Golf Association Taylormade Adidas Golf Qualifier and Junior Championship happening throughout July.

Commission co-chairman Tom Handy commented that people from several events have approached him and co-director Rodney Hendrickson along with other members of the tourist commission and said they appreciate the welcoming attitude and hospitality they have been shown.

“We should consider looking at our Christmas dinner presenting someone with a hospitality award that would go out to some business that is has just really made people feel welcome through out the year,” Handy said.  “We should recognize that and make it an annual thing.”  

The hospitality award was approved and plans on how to determine a recipient will be discussed by the commission members at a later time.

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North Laurel won its second straight Senior League State Championship with a 6-3 decision over Lewis County. Much of this same team also won a state title as 11-year-olds.

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