After Labor Day weekend, I and my staff at the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau hear this a lot from friends, family, neighbors, and other community acquaintances: “Now that summer’s over, you get to relax. Right?” While it is true that the part of our job that includes serving visitors on-site at the Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center does slow down a bit after Labor Day, we still expect to serve around 3,500 visitors over the counter during September and October (compared to just over 10,000 during July and August).
But visitor services is far from all that we do. In the late summer and fall, the focus of our staff shifts partially from serving visitors to recruiting businesses into the association, planning and selling advertising for the 2013 Huntingdon County/Raystown Lake Region Visitors Guide, updating the look, feel and functionality of our website at Raystown.org, and mapping out strategies for advertising and promotion to attract new visitors in 2013.
September and October weekends are also jam-packed with events in the Raystown Lake Region. Starting this weekend with the Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering, and continuing with fantastic festivals, craft fairs, historic interpretations, harvest activities, and Hauntingdon events, and more through Halloween! This is prime-time to come visit us. The water and daytime temperatures are still warm enough for water sports, and the nights are cool enough for cuddling up by a campfire or fireplace, and getting a good night’s sleep, and best of all, if you can make it mid-week, you’ll feel like the entire 8,300 acre Raystown Lake belongs to you and you alone!
So have a great fall! We’ll be “relaxing” at the office, ready to help you have a great Raycation! 😉