LOCK HAVEN – “We are poised to have a busy spring, summer and fall in Clinton County,” says Clinton County Economic Partnership Chamber and Tourism Director Julie Brennan. “Local event organizers are planning so many great activities, so our focus over the winter months has been to get out and promote our county to potential visitors. We’re attending outdoor, sport and travel shows, talking to people about Clinton County’s wide, open spaces, our local attractions, and the variety of events that take place throughout the year. “
Brennan says there’s renewed interest from people who want to travel and spend time outdoors.
“The people we’re talking with want to ride our ATV trails, fish, hike, bike, go camping,” says Brennan. “They’re interested in seeing the elk herd in the Kettle Creek Valley or checking out the view from Hyner Mountain. Clinton County is the perfect place to do all of those things. “
“People are also looking for specific activities and we offer everything from music festivals, outdoor concerts and professional summerstock theater, to ATV and motorcycle rides, an airplane fly-in and trail running challenges, to power boat and stock car races and even a classic / antique auto auction. There are events to grab most interests, “ she continued.
The new Clinton County Visitors Guide and the 2022 Clinton County Events booklet are two key publications the Partnership’s Visitors Bureau uses to draw attention to the area. In addition to handing out both brochures at promotional shows, they are on display at businesses and attractions throughout the region and at Welcome Centers across the state, and they are sent to the more than 500 people a month who contact the Visitors Bureau to request information on the area.
In addition, the Visitors Bureau recently completed an informational mailing to more than 2,000 people who own camps in Clinton County.
“A few years ago, we started a once-a-year mailing to camp owners – those who own private camps and those who lease camps from the state – sending them our visitor guide and events booklet,” says Brennan. “We continue to receive great feedback from people who say having that information gives them more reasons to come to their camp, to bring the whole family and use camp for more than hunting.”
Looking ahead, Brennan says the Visitors Bureau is partnering with a number of groups on initiatives designed to bring even more people to Clinton County.
“We’re working with the Highway Safety Network to create a Geocaching Trail. Geocaching is a popular pastime, and the HSN initiative combines the fun of searching for ‘caches’ with educating people about important traffic safety issues such as speeding and distracted driving, “ Brennan said. “The Highway Safety Network piloted their first Geocaching Trail in Clearfield County and now is working with us to establish a trail in Clinton County.”
Brennan says initial talks are also underway to establish a beer and wine trail.
“Beer trails, wine trails – this is something that many people love to do,” says Brennan. “We have a growing number of breweries, wineries and distilleries, and we’re hoping to formalize a trail that we can promote.”
Says Brennan, “The bottom line is that we’re very excited for what the year will bring. We expect to be more fully back up and running, from an event standpoint. We really want to encourage people to come out and enjoy the different events and attractions locally. And, we’re excited to have some fun, attention-getting initiatives in the works. Stay tuned! “