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CVB wants you to ‘See Harrison County’

Have you seen Harrison County lately?
I’m not talking about what you pass every day as you go about your daily routine. I’m asking if you realize what our county has to offer.
Is Harrison County just a place where you earn a living? Or is it where you call home at the end of the day?
Do you sound proud as you talk to others about where you’re from? Or could you be talking about any of the state’s 92 counties instead of the home of the first state capital?
When was the last time that you really saw what’s here?
This week has been designated ‘See Harrison County Week.’ The county’s Convention and Visitors Bureau is asking everyone to see what’s here. It’s the ninth time that, through sponsorship by Caesars Indiana, that they have set aside a week to promote what’s here. The week-long event coincides with the nation’s 24th annual celebration to recognize the benefits of the travel and tourism economy and its social and cultural impact.
Did you know that the county’s economy receives more than $318 million a year from direct visitor spending? You may think that has no impact on you, but it does. According to an economic impact study by the Purdue Tourism and Hospitality Research Center, it plays a factor in your life, as a Harrison County resident, by reducing the amount of taxes you pay each year by $620. And I’m sure you don’t want to pay any more taxes than necessary.
Now through May 20, the CVB is giving you the opportunity to see ‘ or perhaps reacquaint yourself with ‘ Harrison County. In last week’s edition of this newspaper, there were discount coupons for food, lodging, activities and merchandise. If you missed them, pick up a copy of the paper. Additional tourist coupons are available at the Blaine H. Wiseman Visitor Center, 310 N. Elm St., Corydon. It’s open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
You may also want to stop in at the visitors’ center now through Sunday, during its annual open house, for free popcorn, balloons and prize giveaways.
Consider this week-long celebration as a kick-off to this year’s busy tourism season. Just think of all the things to come yet this year: Friday night band concerts, Bluegrass concerts on the Square, Indiana Territory Festival, World on the Square, 4-H Fair, Art on the Square, Halloween on the Square, Light Up Corydon, just to name some of them. And think about all that’s available to do in the county: shop, watch glass making, go spelunking at three different cave sites, canoe on scenic Blue River, check out wineries, play miniature golf or hit the links at one of two 18-hole courses in the county plus one in New Salisbury with nine holes, take in a musical at the Corydon Jamboree or see a stage production at Hayswood Theatre, visit the riverboat casino or if you’re a non-gambler, one of several restaurants on board or in the pavilion, picnic in one of seven county parks, buy produce and flowers from growers at farmers’ markets or Down on the Farm days, swim in a lake or one of three outdoor pools; the list goes on and on.
Then there’s the many festivals held each year outside of Corydon, such as the ones in Lanesville, New Amsterdam, Laconia, New Middletown, Elizabeth, Mauckport and Milltown.
The more you know about Harrison County and what it has to offer, the better salesperson you become to help bring more tourists here. And the more tourists, the better our economy. Some of those visitors decide to relocate here, not just to live but to run a business or find employment.
And why shouldn’t they come here?
Harrison County is Indiana. Take time to see it.