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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines


LAWRENCE COUNTY - DECEMBER 21, 2022 - Lawrence County Tourism Director Tonya Chastain reports that tourism revenues for 2022 increased by 35 percent.

180 attended the Williams Covered Bridge Dinner in 2022

There are several good things that give visitors great places to see, and many events that attract people from all over the United States to come and visit.

Fayetteville Lions Club helps with the Williams Covered Bridge Event in 2022

Spring Mill State Park welcomed over 800,000 guests in 2022, and more motel/hotel rooms are now available for visitors to come and stay in the county.

The construction of the Hampton Inn helping with those accommodations.

Several events at the Spring Mill State Park are one of the reasons many visit the park and the Virgil "Gus" Grissom Memorial. The Civil Reenactments are always a favorite along with the Candlelight Tour.

More modern campsites are being added with 36 primitive campsites being converted to modern electric accommodations bringing 224 campsites that will be ready by Spring Break in 2023.

The Spring Mill Inn is currently closed and being renovated which will be ready by the second quarter of 2024.

The Cement City Cruise In was a success and first-time event in 2022 and is expected to continue to grow.

The Avoca Park & Recreation Endurance Run was another event that was a first-time event that helps with exercising and get residents to the outdoors, both in the summer and winter.

The Endurance Run was held in October of this year.

In 2024, the planning for the Eclipse 2024 Event is already underway with that event to be held on April 8, 2024, and group from Hopkinsville, Kentucky will be helping with the event.

The Lawrence County Council approved the Lawrence County Tourism Budget of $399,864 with a focus on Marketing to help draw even more people into Lawrence County.

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