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2 tournaments generated $150, 657 in FF

Published 9:25am Friday, March 22, 2013 Updated 11:34am Friday, March 22, 2013

The Fergus Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau supports a YES vote for the Fergus Falls high school outdoor facilities referendum. Expanded facilities — especially the track and tennis courts — make Fergus Falls a candidate for hosting conference and section athletic events. The current courts and track are simply too small for us to hold those events here.

Each athletic tournament brings at least five to eight teams from other communities to Fergus Falls. Teams from farther away stay overnight here — especially for multi-day events – with participants, families, and coaches usually staying at least one night in our hotels. They also spend money in our stores and restaurants. This is good for the Fergus Falls economy and our community.

Fergus Falls has already seen increased visitors from the community arena and from the new gymnasiums at Kennedy Secondary School.

Youth hockey tournaments this winter brought 39 teams (34 staying overnight) and generated $126,957 in community spending.

The wrestling tournament, hosted at Kennedy High School in February, generated $23,700 — and that’s just in one weekend.

The more Fergus Falls is recognized as a community that has expanded and excellent facilities in all sports, the better we fare as a destination.

Let’s keep up the momentum and work together to bring people to Fergus Falls. Please vote YES on April 2.

 

Jean Bowman/Fergus Falls CVB Board

  • Richard Olson

    The faith I have in any financial figures generated by Jean Bowman and the Fergus Falls CVB Board is matched only by the number of new families who moved here so the their kids could play hockey in a new ice palace.

  • J Mullins

    I know dozens of business owners, merchants, in the Fergus Falls area. I asked more than twenty of them if they supported this new money grabbing move by the school administration and their willing accomplices on the school board. Results: 6 in favor, 17 opposed. And, all but one of them pays dues to the CVB. There is a rising anger among the business operators who are used as foils by the big spenders in city, county, and school government. They know that the CVB does not speak for the majority of its members when the CVB commits their members to seemingly support these schemes.They hear angry opponents of these spending plots who come into their businesses to complain that “business” supports raising their taxes even higher, and are getting fed up with needing to explain to the angry customers that the CVB is NOT speaking for them.

    • ff_convention_visitor_bureau

      You are confusing the CVB with the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is a membership-based organization and they have not taken a position on this issue. The CVB is not member-based and its public support was determined by the board of directors. The Chamber almost always surveys its members prior to taking a public position on an issue.

      • Richard Olson

        Jean the chamber and the CVB are two sides of the same coin, they work hand in glove. Jerome is right.

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